MERIDEN — The Dunkin Donuts on West Main Street that closed this month could be a prime parcel for investment at the western edge of the city’s transit-oriented district, city officials said.
The 5,363 square foot building at 132 W. Main St. is owned by the Batista family, owner of several Dunkin franchises and other developments in several towns. After the Batista family, built a new Dunkin on Broad Street under Dunkin’s new branding, the old building, which had no drive-through, wasn’t viable, city officials said.
Business owner Michael Batista could not be reached for comment.
The building is listed for sale by Silver City Properties, and officials said there has been interest.
“The building could be a good investment especially if the planned 143 West Main Street project across the street comes to fruition,” said David Cooley, business recruitment specialist at Making Meriden Business Center.
There is an AutoZone Auto Parts store across the street, the only national retail chain store on West Main Street in the transit-oriented district.
City Economic Development Director Joseph Feest envisions a restaurant on the parcel, which is on the corner of West Main and Cook Avenue.
“The visibility of this parcel leads to some type of service business,” Feest stated in an e-mail. “The parking lot is a huge asset for this location and, depending on how large the dining room, should accommodate the needs of the building.”
Feest added that the future proposed development of an 800-seat theater at 143 W. Main St. increases the need for more dining options. The development would include apartments, and commercial storefronts in addition to the theater. The theater project is being marketed as an opportunity zone development in the hopes of attracting investors willing to take advantage of capital gains tax incentives.
“I would think the more dining options we have around the building the more it will become an attraction,” Feest stated. “Whether the complex is built or not, the area could use another restaurant.”
According to city records, Batista bought the property in 1982 and the Dunkin Donuts was built in 1999 on the 20,434-square foot lot. It is appraised at $475,000.