Employees at Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins gave out their last chocolate donut with rainbow sprinkles Saturday in Danville.
The marquee at the store located at 417 S. Gilbert St. was changed Tuesday to notify customers of the impending closure this Sunday. Saturday it was changed to read that the store would be closing at the end of business that day.
Part-owner Maruti Seth of Danville said the decision to close was a difficult one, but it was all in the numbers, with the store “always hanging by a thread.”
“It was a good store, but we never did great,” Seth said. “The last 12 to 18 months we did worse. This is a good town, with good customers, but it didn’t make any sense to keep dragging along.”
Seth owns the franchise store with Sunny Modi. Modi also has stores in Champaign, Rantoul and Bloomington, but the Danville store was the only one with which Seth was involved.
Manager Jenny Linares said there has been a steady stream of customers coming into the store since the sign went up. She said some are new customers who have said that they wanted to try the store and since they’re closing they thought they’d come in.
“That’s sad to see,” Linares said. “Because people aren’t willing to change their habits.”
On the flip side, Linares said there also are the “regulars” who are coming in offering condolences to the staff.
“They’re really sad to see us go,” Linares said.
Mary Rumple of Georgetown works in Danville and stops at Dunkin Donuts every day during the work week. She likes both the service and the food, especially the chocolate-filled powdered sugar donut or the cake donuts with chocolate frosting.
“I don’t like it,” Rumple said of the closing. “People are doing without the little extra things.”
The store opened in August 2006. Linares said there are around seven people employed at the store.
Seth said plans for the building have not yet been made.
Linares has worked at the store for more than three years, but has been manager for about a year. She said she could see business has been “really bad” lately, but it seemed to be a gradual thing.
“Like any business, we have our good days and our bad days,” Linares said.
Many customers on Saturday were coming in for favorites. Tall frozen coffee drinks and donuts by the box.
“We know Danville does love our coffee,” Linares said. “We’ve sold out of most everything we had.”
Seth thanked the customers and the staff for supporting the store while it was here.
“I’m sorry we can’t be here to serve them more coffee,” Seth said.