The Donut Shoppe Moves

Taken from the Florida Times Union:

Fans of The Donut Shoppe take note: the Arlington landmark is closing its doors on Sunday afternoon.

But just for a week, as owner David Unkelbach and his crew move kitchen equipment, the doughnut case and other items to a new location.

After 21 years next to Gate at 1721 University Blvd. N., The Donut Shoppe is moving two blocks south, to 1535 University Blvd. N.

Unkelbach – who’s owned the shop since 2002 – was told in mid-December that his lease would not be renewed, forcing him to find a new location. (Gate has plans to renovate and expand its gas station and convenience store, he said.)

He wanted to take over the long-abandoned Shell station at 1530 University Blvd., N., located off the more favorable southbound lanes of the major Arlington traffic artery that many of his customers use to commute to work.

When that didn’t work out, Unkelbach said he found his answer across the street from the former Shell, in a spot between Empire Carpets and The Broken Spoke Bar & Grille.

That’s where he’ll open his new shop at 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 30.

If history is any indication, however, doughnut-craving customers will have little trouble finding the new location. After all, this isn’t the first move for the 50-year-old Donut Shoppe.

In 1962, it first opened at 1629 University Blvd. N., next door to a 7-Eleven. Twenty-nine years later, in 1991, it moved to its present spot next to Gate.

The new location does have one big advantage: parking, and plenty of it. With neighboring businesses closed during The Donut Shoppe’s busiest hours, customers will have more than a dozen parking spots in front of the shop and access to dozens more behind the nearly 60-year-old retail strip, thanks to a second, rear entrance.

And at 2,400 square feet, the shop – nearly triple its current 850 square feet – will allow Unkelbach to have an office and his employees a break room.

But with the added space don’t look for a new concept.

“We’ll still be just a take-out shop,” he said.

But do expect a little more elbow room, an added doughnut case and a bigger coffee station.

And after years of clerks sharing a single register, a second one will be added, Unkelbach said. But with the added space both inside and outside the shop, he’s hopeful that both registers will stay just as busy.

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