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Dunkin' Donuts clerk Kim Brown lifts out a tray of Boston Kreme donuts decorated with heart-shaped sprinkles for Valentines Day. (Ben Rowe/P-R Photo)

Dunkin' Donuts in new Good Guys convenience

By: DAN HEATH

PLATTSBURGH — Still Good Guys, but with a sweet new surprise.

The newly renovated Good Guys convenience store and Shell station, located at 6054 Route 22 in the Town of Plattsburgh, now has a Dunkin’ Donuts. Good Guys owner Bryan Yanulavich said the new convenience store opened Jan. 27 and the Dunkin’ Donuts opened Feb. 8. 

It is Colchester, Vt.-based Ray Aley’s 16th Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties.

PROVIDES FULL MENU

The restaurant has a longer, narrower prep area to fit in the space available, but they made it work.

“We have a full Dunkin’ Donuts menu,” Aley said.

One of his employees, Tawnya Hanson, told him about the renovations and suggested he take a look. Aley stopped in and met with Yanulavich and discussions went well, so they signed a letter of intent in October. 

Yanulavich and his sons, Matt and Mark, did about 99 percent of the renovation work to what was the Cadyville Auto side of the building during the past year. Aley said work included an extensive water-filtration system.

“That way we have the best water for our coffee and tea,” he said.

Joey Reeves is the manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts. He said customers have welcomed the new location.

“A lot of people are saying they are grateful they don’t have to go out of their way,” Reeves said.

He has been with Aley’s team for 12 years, which includes 10 years at Skyway Plaza and then Cornelia Street. The new store has 10 employees.

Aley said Reeves and a cousin, Megan Brown, manager of the Saranac Lake location, are soon to be featured in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial that will air on WPTZ.

HAS ADIRONDACK DECOR

Good Guys interior has a distinctly Adirondack theme, with natural wood beams and walls. Tile floors will make for easier cleanup and less wear and tear.

While other stores have the now popular beer caves, Yanulavich said he has a beer cabin. 

“My son, Mark, and his girlfriend set up the cooler. They did a beautiful job,” Yanulavich said.

That has allowed him to expand the number of craft beers he can offer

“Our customers have always wanted that,” he said. “We now have room to carry those.”

The new convenience store is twice as large as the old, which has allowed him to expand his snack and beverage lines. That includes expanded varieties of Gatorade, Powerade and energy drinks.

Yanulavich said he hopes to put some sort of deli or a sandwich shop in the space where the store used to be. 

Good Guys is a family affair as his wife, Teresa, does all of the office work from one of the two offices on the second floor. There are eight employees, mainly part-time.

Yanulavich is in the process of putting in a new office for the Cadyville Auto side of the business, which has five employees. That would go in the rear of the former convenience store space.

The three-bay repair shop remains in place in the rear of the building.

MOVED IN 1996

Good Guys was originally on Goddeau Road in Cadyville. Yanulavich said he moved to Route 22 in 1996.

The building was originally a home located where the gas pumps are now. Yanulaich said he was able to turn it 90 degrees and move it to its present location without breaking a single window.

In addition to 16 Dunkin’ Donuts locations, Aley has two Taco Bell restaurants, four KFCs and two Papa Johns.

Dunkin’ Donuts recently launched its DD Perks Rewards Loyalty Program, Aley said. Customers earn five points for every dollar they pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, whether through the card or through the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app. Once a customer accrues 200 points, they receive a coupon for a free medium beverage of choice.

Dunkin’ Donuts Perks members will also receive exclusive, personalized, special offers to earn bonus points for specific food and beverage purchases. 

Aley said the app also shows coupons that are offered at the user’s current location. It uses GPS technology to show all the locations in the user’s region.

“The nice thing about it is I can come into a store, tap it (the app) and pay with my (smart) phone,” Aley said.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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