The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins on Franklin Road across from Townside Festival Shopping Center is undergoing a remodel.
Franchisee Ken Walker said work started last week. The store will likely close sometime this week for several days so crews can continue work.
When it reopens Baskin-Robbins, the ice cream and cake component of the business, will be gone, Walker said.
The remodel is required for Walker to renew his franchise agreement. In order to keep Baskin-Robbins, Walker said he would have to spend an extra $110,000. Baskin-Robbins made up about 10 to 15 percent of the business, so Walker said he decided to close that part of the business and use its space to add more seating for Dunkin’ Donuts.
When work is complete the building will have a new facade, new flooring, new fixtures and new furniture, among other improvements. Walker described the finished look as having more of a “coffee shop feel.”
He would not disclose how much money he is investing in the remodel. A building permit filed in Roanoke values the work at $100,000.
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