GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Dunkin’ Donuts opened their second store within the USAG Bavaria footprint on Friday, Oct. 30. Garrison commander, Col. Christopher R. Danbeck, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the grand opening inside the Tower Barracks Exchange mall, as Exchange employees and customers watched in excitement.
Dunkin’ Donuts employees made over 3,000 donuts to prepare for their first day. And the line of physically distanced customers maintained a steady flow throughout the grand opening event.
One customer, Spc. Ronald Kirby, ordered a coffee and a donut.
“It’s a little piece of home,” Kirby said. “I’m from Boston, and we have these everywhere. I’m glad this is now available to us.”
Tower Barracks personnel are now enjoying donuts, pastries and coffee, but it was not easy opening a new location during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Chris Litch, the Exchange visual merchandise manager, the initial plan was to open this Dunkin’ Donuts location earlier in the year. However, construction was halted due to COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions.
“COVID affected the opening quite a bit,” said Kyra Stegall, the Grafenwoehr store manager of Dunkin’ Donuts. “But I’m so happy that we are open now.”
The Tower Barracks store marks the 16th location for Dunkin’ Donuts in Bavaria.