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Dunkin’ Donuts fills jobs and satisfies appetites on opening day

Allison Dyer Bluemel

Dunkin' Donuts decaf coffee sits on the counter at the store's Fort Collins location. The Windsor store will feature a full Dunkin' Donuts menu and product line, co-owner Doug Patterson said.

Despite difficulties finding a full staff, Dunkin' Donuts kicked off its first day in Windsor at 5 a.m. May 12 at 1530 Main St. Unit A.

As of opening day, only a few overnight baking positions remain unfilled, Vice President of Operations Cameron Stapleton said.

The store gave away over $1,500 of free medium coffees all day to usher in the new location and hosted a week-long drawing for a free year of coffee. The winner will be announced Tuesday.

Nearly 1,000 customers came in during the first day, and many returned with their Dunkin' Donuts travel mugs the following day as well, Stapleton said.

Donut sales accounted for 53 percent of opening day revenue, and employees baked over 300 dozen donuts to prepare for new customers. By the end of the day, a little over 3,300 donuts – or 275 dozen – were sold, she said.

The most popular varieties were Boston Crème, glazed and chocolate frosted donuts, Stapleton said.

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"We had very few hiccups, and it felt like the team was prepared for the opening," she said.

There was much less opening day chaos than the franchise's Fort Collins location.

"It was nice to actually have time to visit with the customers to get to know the people in the community," Stapleton said. "At Fort Collins it was so busy and nonstop that it was all-hands-on-deck to keep product on the shelf to give to the customers."

Though opening day has ended, she said the busy flow could continue for a while as many people continue to call asking if they're open yet.