GREENVILLE — By bringing traffic to the Country Mile Convenience Store by offering the cheapest gas around, Joe Correia says he has opened the door to the first Dunkin’ Donuts in the area.
Recently the Greenville Planning Board gave Correia approval to construct a new building next to the Country Mile, a gas station, convenience and liquor store, to be leased to a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee from Massachusetts.
Correia said he’s been trying to bring a Dunkin’ Donuts to Greenville for years, but there wasn’t enough traffic on Route 31 to meet the company’s requirements.
“I had five or six customers a day coming in and asking me when we were going to get a Dunkin’ Donuts, but there just weren’t enough cars,” he said.
But then Correia, who has owned Country Mile since 1980, said he decided to change his gasoline supplier from Citgo to Haffners, a local company, and found he was able to offer gas at a discount. That move started bringing in more traffic, and he finally had the numbers the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee needed to see to make the deal happen.
“A customer of mine for 30 years walked in recently and asked if I was interested in putting a Dunkin’ Donuts in,” he said. “It all happened quickly from there.”
Correia had to go through the town’s planning board for approval but didn’t have a tough time gaining support.
“This is a big deal for Greenville, New Hampshire,” he said. “The planning board and selectmen have been asking me for years when I was going to get a Dunkin’ Donuts in here.”
While Correia currently employs 16 people, the Dunkin’ Donuts will bring an additional 35 jobs to town, which he said is a big boost for Greenville.
Correia said if all goes well with the final permitting stages, ground could be broken on the new building in a couple of weeks. The building will be separate from the convenience store, but both businesses will be easily accessible from the parking lot. He’s hoping to have construction wrapped up and the parking lot paved by the first week in November, and then, folks can stop in for their morning fix of coffee and gas.
“We’re really excited about this,” he said.