City of Concord Set to Approve Use Permit, Design Review for New Dunkin’ Donuts on Clayton Rd.

February 20, 2018 9:00 am · 55 comments

The City of Concord’s planning commission is expected to approve a use permit and design review for a new Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru on Clayton Rd. on Wednesday.

Dunkin’ Donuts will be located on Clayton Rd., near Treat Blvd., in the building previously occupied by Ghost Golf.



The building would be divided into three sections, with Dunkin’ Donuts leasing the space with the drive-thru.

The city held a public hearing last year on the proposed arrival of Dunkin’ Donuts. Only three members of the public spoke during the hearing. One nearby resident was concerned with the possible increase in noise due to the drive-thru, and the other two were Oakland residents, a father and his son, who wanted Ghost Golf to stay. The owner of Ghost Golf was in attendance, but did not speak.

If approved, Dunkin’ Donuts would be open seven days a week, from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dunkin’ Donuts was founded in 1948 in Quincy, Massachusetts. They opened their second restaurant in 1955, and as of today, they have over 11,000 restaurants in 36 countries.

Dunkin’ Donuts is owned by Dunkin’ Brands Inc., which also owns Baskin-Robbins and previously owned the Togo’s chain.

The One February 20, 2018 at 9:23 AM

Yay! I can’t wait to get my coffee there instead of walnut creek!

What's In A Name? February 20, 2018 at 3:18 PM

You don’t have to go to WC for donuts. The Best Little Donut House in Town is at 1821 East St. right here in Concord. They make the donuts right on the premises, and they’re the best you can get. I had the place recommended to me by a cashier at Trader Joe’s. Just try ’em.

Keep all three barrels up February 24, 2018 at 9:15 AM

I really don’t care for The Best little Donut House. The people are nice, but their donuts don’t taste good. Maybe they need to change the oil or something? I’ve tried them a few times just to see, and no it’s still the same. And their bathroom was filthy gross.

Anon February 20, 2018 at 10:56 AM

Looking forward to having a good donut place close to home.

Citizen February 20, 2018 at 11:04 AM

That is wonderful! I love ❤️ the one in my town Walnut Creek!
The more the better! 🍩🍩😀☕️☕️☕️

Dennis February 20, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Love Dunkin’ this will be closer then Walnut Creek.

The owners are so friendly and I still will go when in the area.

Dorothy February 20, 2018 at 11:57 AM

What was wrong with its prior location in The Willows? I know they had bankruptcy problems because they also closed the one in Pittsburg at the same time.

Mika February 20, 2018 at 12:32 PM

You’re rhinking Krispy Kreme donuts. They are still in the Willows.

Dee February 20, 2018 at 12:35 PM

That is Krispy Kreme not Dunkin Donuts

JLA February 20, 2018 at 12:39 PM

I think you are confused….. never been a Dunkin’ Donuts in the willows

Mr. John February 20, 2018 at 12:08 PM

Tenant 2 and 3 will have very small places – I have a feeling they’ll be hard to rent out.

Jeff February 20, 2018 at 3:08 PM

Not if it’s heart specialist. They can just walk over from next door for their appointments.

Hope Johnson February 20, 2018 at 12:10 PM

More of the same retail food chain stores for Concord – not needed or useful. Yet another drive thru to attract more traffic and cars on Clayton Road (love how the “planned” picture “plans” for only one idling car in line). The City Council claims to be discouraging personal car use but this certainly isn’t the way to do it.

Concord Mike February 20, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Scooter, I agree! Tear down those walls !

Wish they could have removed the wall separating the Starbucks on Treat and Clayton from the extra parking in the adjacent mall. Overall I am happy with the Starbucks but it does get really crowded at peak commute hours.

RDS February 20, 2018 at 12:27 PM

2 Oakland residents.


Nasty donuts February 20, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Worst donuts I’ve ever tasted. Waste of money, gas and time.

Dennis February 24, 2018 at 2:54 AM

Something must be wrong with your taste buds.
Dunkin is the best donuts. Millions of people love them.
Sorry you don’t like them.

Dunkin also sells other items besides donuts. Bagel & cream chesse just to name one item.

The coffee & hot chocolate are both better then Star Bucks and Cheeper too.

Give those a try,,

ON DA February 20, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Ahh sorely and poorly planned yet again. Nothing like whiplash donuts too hastily shoo off the pedestrians off the side walks.

Mika February 20, 2018 at 12:33 PM

You’re thinking Krispy Kreme donuts. They are still in the Willows.

ON DA February 20, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Everything is well planned out and conceived. Except the facts.

ON DA February 20, 2018 at 12:35 PM

Remember automobiles are not people.

Tim S February 20, 2018 at 12:44 PM

It’s going into the old Pizza Hut location in the same shopping center where Winchell’s donuts used to be. It’s like it’s come full circle.

slagheap February 20, 2018 at 1:14 PM

one of the several jobs i had as a youth was working for a mom & pop donut shop. sometimes i helped make the donuts, but my main duty was driving a ford station wagon delivering them all around east county to little stores & businesses. remember: 3000 calories = approx. 1 lb. of fat.

chuckie the troll February 20, 2018 at 1:28 PM

What we really need is more traffic and turns on/off Clayton road during the morning commute…said absolutely no one. And can you imagine those folks trying to get into the left turn lane at Treat? I hope someone will post a best of accident video on Claycord when it opens.

Jeff February 20, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Yeah going to be stupid. It will be like when Starbucks was up the street. I used to love seeing the women waiting there for all lanes to open so they could get in the far left to get on treat lol

Silva February 20, 2018 at 1:48 PM

We REALLY liked Ghost Golf.

Parking Nightmare February 20, 2018 at 3:33 PM

This is going to be a parking nightmare if you ask me. I prefer Kings Donuts on Chestnut.

Daniel February 20, 2018 at 10:28 PM


Bummer February 20, 2018 at 3:35 PM

We already have the best lil donut shop in town… we don’t need another chain!

Jeff February 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM

that place is scary filthy.

The realist February 20, 2018 at 9:25 PM

The gnats and flies must not bug you.

Led February 20, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Clayton Road is a planning and safety nightmare: high speed commuting artery with a million curb cuts and driveways, lots of pedestrians, and no space between the foot traffic and people whipping down the right lane. Plus it is ugly and blights the city.

This is just more of the same. It’s a catch-22: if you don’t get more business and more cars in, the area gets crappier; if you do, it gets more congested, more dangerous, noisy, smelly, etc.

The city needs to do some big-picture thinking about how to improve the situation. The road itself needs to become more of a buffered expressway, with fewer points of entry and exit and no pedestrians right alongside lanes – or needs to be made non-viable as a commuting thoroughfare – that would require diverting more traffic to Concord Bl., which has its own downsides.

94519 February 20, 2018 at 4:54 PM

You are correct…..

chuckie the troll February 20, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Big picture thinking by small-print politicians. Sounds like an accident waiting to happen. We need a Master Plan for YVR, Treat, Clayton, Concord, Willow Pass before any more housing is built in Pittsburg or Brentwood, and before the Weapons Station is developed. Anyone stupid enough to hold their breath waiting for THAT to happen will require CPR.

Winston February 20, 2018 at 9:43 PM

Making Clayton road into an expressway would be possible but VERY expensive and would just encourage more people to use it.
Making it into a more normal, narrower street would be cheap, easy and lead to a safer road. Much of the traffic would just disappear as a slight increase in travel time causes a lot fewer people to use the road.

Anon-2-U February 21, 2018 at 2:21 PM

Too many people already use Clayton Rd. as an expressway. Try doing the speed limit on the street, routinely people speed at least 10 miles over. It’s horrible to even turn on to Clayton from one of the side streets, and god forbid if you need to go in the opposite direction, people driving don’t want to let you merge and turn or u-turn (this is sometimes necessary).

rich February 20, 2018 at 6:36 PM

Parking in and out is a mess

ming February 20, 2018 at 6:55 PM

Can’t think of anything better…more doughnuts yay!
and ohh so NOT healthy for you

Rickety Ladders Inc. February 20, 2018 at 7:24 PM


IsThisReallyConcord February 20, 2018 at 8:39 PM

Anyone know what happened to Sprouts coming to Concord?

Concordian February 21, 2018 at 5:52 AM

They backed out and all the tenants were allowed to stay.

The dude February 20, 2018 at 8:46 PM


Luke February 20, 2018 at 8:56 PM

Would not be surprised to see Ghost Golf open in Fresno before this Dunkin’ Donuts. Oh well, the city of Concord lost out on something special.

Silva February 20, 2018 at 10:59 PM


Daniel February 20, 2018 at 10:27 PM

I’ll stick with Kings Doughnuts thank you very much – THEY have hands down the best freshly made doughnuts in Concord.

Only the Center Lane will move again! February 21, 2018 at 11:36 AM

When Starbucks was there, the right lane traffic always slowed to a stop to wait for people turning in and out of that driveway. I think that will happen again. At the same time, the left lane traffic backed up from people readying to turn left onto Treat. After awhile, one learns that the only traffic that will move is in the center. This caused a lot of congestion when Starbucks was there, and I’m afraid it will be even worse now, as Dunkin’ will be more of a novelty.

Melissa Doak February 21, 2018 at 12:29 PM

I actually live not far from this property & right down the street from where this Dunkin Donuts is supposed to be built is a locally-owned business called Kings Donuts, which has donuts that are substantially better than Dunkin Donuts. Support small businesses! Kings Donuts for president!

Boycott The Circus February 21, 2018 at 2:23 PM

How about adding some healthier restaurants around town instead?

Dennis February 24, 2018 at 3:57 AM

That would be nice, but the business has to want to come and invest and open.

Have any suggestions on how to get them? Call them ask them to open in Concord, we have too many vacancies.

If not we then should accept those who do want to open here and be greatful they chosen our city to invest in. Great for jobs & revenue.

Kentucky Derby February 24, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Healthier restaurants open up in affluent areas. Wealthy people eat healthier if for no other reason, they can afford it. Businesses fit the demographics of the area. They’re in business to make money.

Concord Guy February 21, 2018 at 3:54 PM


ManBearPig February 21, 2018 at 5:28 PM

Interesting comments. The city doesn’t get to choose the tenant, it’s an agreement between the property owner and the tenant. If the new tenant’s use meets zoning and use classifications, it’s legal to be where it’s at. As there are other restaurants on the same day parcel, most likely it’ll be a near slam dunk for end approval. That there used to be a higher traffic Starbucks at this strip mall, they won’t deny it based on your traffic concerns.

2017 set the record for number of businesses closing stores. With the rash of store closing announcements along this general area of Clayton Rd, you should be happy that a rent paying tenant is even interested in it. If you don’t like the Economic Development Office’s way of doing things or you don’t like their inability to recruit your favorite store/restaurant to town, then call them and find out what you can do to help.

Remodeling an old building to attract a new tenant takes money. The property owner may not Ben able to recoup their investment through a rent increase on the new tenant. Hence, some owners won’t re-invest.

Clayton road won’t be narrowed either. It’s the thr main east-west artery. Narrowing it will make traffic worse and also force somebody into already clogged secondary streets. Concord also cannot stop Brentwood from agreeing to put in additional housing. Some of you people are just silly.

Dennis February 24, 2018 at 3:28 AM

It is sad some people have nothing to do but speak negative about a business they have never tried or maybe don’t like them.

I don’t like chain Pizza Hut but I don’t bad mouth them, millions like them just like millions like Dunkin’ Donuts.

We should be happy a business chose Concord. It is JOBS!! And revue for Concord and Contra Costa.

Many of vacant stores in Concord..

You all sound like traffic experts but I bet your not!!

The Popeyes & Starbucks both have drive through and. I don’t see a problems.

I live in CONCORD and I for one want to Thank Dunkin for chosen Concord!

Get a life and think positive!! Just because you don’t like something it don’t mean everybody else should too.

That is the problem with America if you don’t like something you have no respect for those who do and those who are different then you.

Think POSITIVE your life will be better mentally and physically.

Dennis February 24, 2018 at 3:44 AM

What ever happened to Sonic? They were coming to Concord, maybe all the negative people around here chased them out.

Loss revenue and jobs for Concord very sad.

You can’t please everyone, I would love a real NEW YORK PIZZA PLACE, that will never happen. So I put up with what we have here.

Business have closed and more places plan to close.

We need to encourage business to invest in our city of Concord. They are great for school kids to work at without traveling far.

You should be saying how do we fill our vacancies?
How do we get them to choose our city?

Let’s start talking like that instead of all you negativity if you can’t help to fix the problem then shut up no one want to hear you.

Be part of the solution not part of the problem.

Luke February 24, 2018 at 9:42 PM

Some people on this thread are acting like the Dunkin’ Donuts building was empty for years. Nope, Ghost Golf was a tenant that had been there 3 plus years. The property owner forced them out for this Dunkin’ and two other spaces, which I can’t see rented out that soon. Wish Dunkin’ Donuts had gone in the El Pollo Loco instead, especially with another EPL coming soon. Would have made way more sense traffic wise, plus Ghost Golf stays. They’ll do better in Fresno anyways though.

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