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Knights can now run on Dunkin’

Dunkin’ Donuts opens new location at Knight’s Plaza

Contributing Writer

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 21:11

Dunkin Donuts

Amanda Morales/Central Florida Future

Construction is almost complete for the store on West Plaza Drive.

Not only does America run on Dunkin’, now UCF students can, too.

The popular chain of Dunkin’ Donuts opened Thursday at Knights Plaza outside of the CFE Arena, conveniently located for many UCF students.

Dunkin’ Donuts joined the company of other new campus businesses such as Burger U and the CFE Credit Union retail branch, which opened Monday.

UCF spokesman Grant Heston said that plans for the donut and coffee shop have been in the works for approximately six months.

“I’m so excited that I can basically walk out of my dorm and go straight to Dunkin’,” Jessica Welsh, a freshman hospitality major, said.

Welsh lives in Tower II, so Dunkin’ Donuts really is on her doorstep.

The closest Dunkin’ Donuts location prior to the opening of the one on campus is on University Boulevard, less than a mile from the main campus.

The new Dunkin’ Donuts is wedged between Subway and the Recreation and Wellness Center at Knights Plaza, and it’s set to serve donuts, iced and hot coffee and bakery sandwiches, among other items.

“They really liked this location due to maximum exposure to vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” Heston said as to why Knights Plaza chose this location for the Dunkin’ Donuts.

Approximately 30 students will be employed at this Dunkin’ Donuts location, Heston said in an email.

A Starbucks is scheduled to open in early 2014 on the northwest side of Health and Public Affairs I facing Memory Mall.

UCF isn’t worried about a competition between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.

“Some people are passionate about Starbucks coffee, some are passionate about Dunkin’ Donuts coffee," Heston said. “There isn’t a whole lot of overlap, they are completely different flavors and experiences.”

Some UCF students aren’t very picky, such as Andrew Reid, a senior finance major.

“I know some people have a preference, but I’ll probably just go wherever I’m closer to,” Reid said. 

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