Hilltown Voices: Dunkin’ Donuts opens in Haydenville

  • The new Dunkin’ Donuts at 142 Main St. in Haydenville opened this week. GAZETTE STAFF/FRAN RYAN

For the Gazette
Saturday, August 27, 2016

At 5 a.m. Thursday, several people were already lined up and ready for the opening of the new Dunkin’ Donuts at 142 Main St. in Haydenville.

“I think that is a good sign,” said co-owner Emanuel Sardinha of Sao Joao Realty LLC in Westfield.

Sardinha was at the restaurant on Thursday with a few workers finishing up landscaping and installing signs.

“It was supposed to be completed three weeks ago but we had a few minor things to iron out,” Sardinha said.

Last year, Sardinha purchased the former Berkshire Bank property in order to expand his franchise, which at that time was located in the Cumberland Farms at 37 Main St. in Williamsburg.

Meanwhile, that Cumberland Farms temporarily shut down, gasoline pumps included, on Wednesday for remodeling. The store will reopen Sept. 28.

The new Dunkin’ Donuts has roughly 2,100 square feet and, unlike the previous store, includes a drive-up window.

The plan to build in Haydenville near historic buildings and close to the Mill River originally was met with disapproval from many residents who were concerned about noise, light, and aesthetics in their small, rural village.

After voicing those concerns to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals during the permitting process, various conditions were put on the project.

These included downward-projecting lights in the parking lot, gold leaf lettering on a black background for the logo, none of the standard pink and orange colors on the building, and business hours limited to 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The company also agreed to build further away from the river, regrade the area and plant native trees between the parking lot and the river, and install a well-designed stormwater system.

Sardinha declined to disclose the total cost of the project, but said that it was “more money than we are used to spending, but I am glad we did it.”

“We did this because it fits in with downtown Haydenville,” Sardinha said. “We have some locations that are somewhat similar, but none go to this extent.”

The restaurant is across from the town offices and Town Clerk Brenda Lessard was an early morning customer.

“I think it looks pretty nice and I have already had several people in town come in to say what a beautiful job they did on the building,” Lessard said.

But not everyone was a fan.

“This is an atrocity for the town,” said one woman who was passing by and declined to be identified. “I have lived here for 40 years and I think it’s terrible. The building is monstrous and its doesn’t belong in a historic place.”

Sardinha said that once the store is fully staffed, it will have a total of 24 full- and part-time employees.

Tree-planting for Jolly

There will be a memorial tree-planting in honor of Bill Jolly at 11 a.m. Sept. 2 at Russell Park in Chesterfield. Jolly died Aug. 5, 2015.

Jolly was a highly respected and active member of the Chesterfield community who had served as town moderator, chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, cemetery superintendent and a member of the Conservation Commission.

Carol Jolly, his wife of over 50 years, will attend the tree planting, along with other members of the Chesterfield community. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome.

Russell Park is on South Street opposite the post office.

Goshen Town Hall

As the exterior work on the Goshen Town Hall nears completion, the public is invited to tour the outside of the building and hear about the recent restorations and repairs that have been made on this architecturally and historically significant structure.

This informative walk-around will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Ideas for this column on life in the Hilltowns can be sent to Fran Ryan at Fryan.gazette@gmail.com.