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Dunkin’ opens SC's second drive-thru only store in Myrtle Beach

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The new Dunkin' store is located at 1937 Mr. Joe White Avenue in Myrtle Beach. Richard Caines/Staff

MYRTLE BEACH — Dunkin’ recently opened a new store in Myrtle Beach that is the coffee and doughnut chain's second drive-thru only location in South Carolina.

The new 1,200-square-foot location at 1937 Mr. Joe White Ave. near Broadway at the Beach is owned by franchisee Carolina Restaurant Partners, a Myrtle Beach-based firm that opened the state’s first Dunkin’ Go store in Conway in April.

Drive-thrus became more popular during the social distancing during the COVID pandemic that started in spring 2020.

“We have observed a shift in our guests’ behavior in recent years, with more utilizing our drive-thrus and online ordering," Dave Staley, president and CFO of Carolina Restaurant Partners, said in a statement. “This unique location caters to the efficiency our guests are looking for."

With no dining room, customers can order coffee, doughnuts and other breakfast food online, through the Dunkin’ app or at the double drive-thru building that sits east of the shopping plaza featuring Subway and Wholesale Furniture Gallery, and west of the Santee Cooper solar farm and Kangaroo Express.

Members of the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board were previously concerned with the increased amount of customer vehicles, and the potential of backing out onto the street during rush hours, but company representatives said the double-thru lanes would prevent that.

The other Dunkin' drive-thru-only store off of U.S. 701 at 2607 N. Main St. in Conway opened in April.

Founded in 2007, Carolina Restaurant Partners owns 12 Dunkin’ locations in Horry County, according to the company website.

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Richard Caines is a business reporter for The Post & Courier - Myrtle Beach/Georgetown Times. He is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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