I have been waiting for two years to tell you that Dunkin’ Donuts is for sure coming to Conway. Well, no, actually, I have been waiting for two years to find out if it was happening. No one tells me secrets that are two years away. Anyway, point being, it really is happening. And I’m telling you.
You’ll recall two summers ago when Dunkin’ announced its plans to expand into several new states, including ours. The official word was that the chain would scout out the markets and then decide where, other than Little Rock, to locate stores. If you have an excellent memory you may remember me ranting about how, of course they should come to Conway and how right next to Taco Bueno would be a perfect spot.
Humorously enough, Hardee’s built on that spot and moved from its Oak Street location over to Dave Ward Drive. Now, the word is, the new Dunkin’ Donuts is going where Hardee’s used to be on Oak Street. Well played, Hardee’s.
Just to get you salivating, here are a few phrases plucked from the Dunkin’ Donuts Twitter feed. “Apple crisp muffin … apple orchard donut” … “new pumpkin cream cheese spread” … “pumpkin coffee.”
Rumor has it construction on the new store will get under way in the next couple of months. Am I excited? Maybe a little.
It’s the second most wonderful time of the year — retail fall! That’s right, it’s still hot enough to cook eggs on the sidewalk outside, but you can go to the store and see pumpkins and fall leaves and Halloween decorations. You won’t be able to wear a scarf or a sweater for at least six more weeks, but you can order a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, sit in the air conditioning, close your eyes and imagine fall has arrived.
Perhaps I sound facetious, but I really do enjoy retail fall. In a region where autumn is more of a time frame on a calendar than an atmospheric phenomenon, it’s nice to have some comforts for the transition from summer to winter. It’s still too hot to bake, so I am going to wait on the pumpkin bread, but I think it might be time look for more apple cider candles.
(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)