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Dunkin' Donuts site in Carnegie not set

| Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

It appears a Dunkin' Donuts won't be coming to the corner of Mansfield Boulevard and Chestnut Street, though another location in Carnegie remains a possibility.

Council President Rick D'Loss said last week that he was told Heartland Restaurant Group, the Western Pennsylvania franchisee for Dunkin' Donuts, and property owner North Star Chevrolet were not able to come to an agreement. He said he understood Heartland is seeking a different location.

“Whether that's a negotiation thing, I'm really not sure,” D'Loss said. “In these type of transactions, (I'm not sure) if this is normal or not where one says, ‘I'm really not prepared to take your offer,' and the other says ‘OK, I'll go somewhere else.' And they dance around for months.

“I know with the CVS project, it took several years.”

Talk of a Dunkin' Donuts coming to Mansfield and Chestnut began in the spring, when Heartland and North Star Chevrolet signed a development agreement for the property that once held North Star's car dealership.

D'Loss said the two sides had a sales agreement with a drop-dead date, and they couldn't come to terms by the deadline. He said while talks could come back to life, things don't look promising.

“The short story is that right now, it looks like Dunkin' Donuts will not be going into the North Star property at Chestnut Street,” he said.

Dan Orie, vice president and general counsel for Heartland, didn't discuss the negotiations but acknowledged the restaurant group didn't have a set location in Carnegie.

“Currently, we do not have a site in Carnegie,” Orie said. “But we'll continue to look for opportunities to bring Dunkin' Donuts to the Carnegie community.”

Orie declined to provide a timetable for bringing a franchise to the area but said he thought a Dunkin' Donuts would be “well-received.”

As for other potential development in Carnegie, D'Loss said negotiations are ongoing with a fast-food restaurant seeking to purchase the Family Dollar parking lot at Mansfield Boulevard and Broadway Street.

He said he couldn't discuss any particulars of the negotiations or reveal the name of the restaurant. Previously, he said it was a “national chain.”

D'Loss said patience is the key when it comes to development in Carnegie.

“I know people get anxious and they want to see things happen,” he said. “But ... it's just one of those things that you just have to be patient with. There's a lot of people that have interest in Carnegie because it has a good location, and businesses are starting to recognize — as CVS did — that there's potential here.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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