What's Happening: Davidson County's first Dunkin' Donuts nears opening date
Here's What's Happening in Davidson County: Dunkin' Donuts is close to opening its first store in Lexington and the property where it sits is part of a $6.5 million sell; two students receive $5,000 scholarships from SECU; An East Davidson High student is the recipient of a flight training scholarship and nominations for the NC Governor's Volunteer Service Award are available.
Davidson County residents are about five to six weeks away from being able to buy A Dunkin' donut or coffee without leaving the county.
Dunkin' will open its first Davidson County store at 1502 Cotton Grove Road in mid-December, according to Lindsay Haynie, vice president of Pivot PR. Once open, the store's hours will be 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday to Saturday. Approximately 30 employees will be hired to work at the Lexington location.
"Coastal Franchising owns and operates a number of other Dunkin’ locations in the Carolinas and is invested in becoming part of every community they enter," Haynie said. "They are thrilled to be bringing Dunkin’ to a new audience and will keep fans running on Dunkin’ for many years to come."
In addition, the property where the Dunkin' is located along with a new mattress store and dental office in a new shopping strip on the outskirts of Plaza Parkway, was sold recently for $6.5 million to a S.C. developer.
The purchased properties are a combined 1.2 acres and and located on Cotton Grove Road where the Mattress Firm and Aspen Dental Office were built, and the Dunkin Donuts is still under construction.
The buyer is Lexington DJJT LLC of Greenville, S.C. The seller is Lexington Cotton Grove Retail LLC.
Fairmont Presbyterian Church closed in 2018 and sold its property for $760,000 to a Charlotte developer after the church closed and joined another congregation. Fairmont Presbyterian Church merged with Second Presbyterian Church of Lexington to create New Hope Presbyterian Church at 200 Cotton Grove Road.
The opening day of Dunkin' will include a chances for customers to win prizes. The first 50 guests in line on opening day will receive free coffee for a year. There will also be other Dunkin’ swag giveaways throughout the day.
The Lexington location will have a drive-thru, a cold beverage tap system and will carry the seasonal holiday products. The seasonal offerings for the holidays include Cookie Butter Cold Brew, Cookie Butter Donut, Pancake Wake-Up Wrap, Peppermint Mocha Signature Latte and Toasted White Chocolate Signature Latte.
Yaseen Saqer and Hannah Ooten have received State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation scholarships to attend Davidson-Davie Community College.
The scholarships are worth $5,000 each.
SECU Foundation established the two-year scholarship program in 2004 to help North Carolina students achieve academic success through the community college system. Based on the Credit Union philosophy of “People Helping People,” these scholarships recognize the recipient’s leadership, character and integrity, community involvement, and scholastic achievement.
Scholarship funds will be applied to tuition and other expenses associated with their community college education over four consecutive semesters.
“Scholarships play an important role in making college more accessible and affordable and we are thrilled that the Foundation’s two-year scholarship continues to expand opportunities for students to obtain a degree," SECU Foundation Executive Director Jama Campbell said. "Together, with North Carolina’s excellent community college system, we are building a solid foundation for supporting students in their academic success. On behalf of SECU Foundation, we offer our congratulations and best wishes to Yaseen Saqer and Hannah Ooten.”
SECU members provide two $5,000 “People Helping People” Scholarships to each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina through the SECU Foundation scholarship program annually. To date, over $10 million has been awarded to help the State’s community college students further their education.
Eli Lamar, a junior at East Davidson High School has been named the Elite Flight Academy announced the winner of its first Student Pilot Scholarship.
The scholarship is worth $15,000 and provides a path towards a private pilot certificate, covering up to 75 hours of training plus materials.
“I was surprised and very happy to learn that I was awarded this scholarship,” Lamar said. “Since my childhood, I’ve always been interested in aviation. My goal is to eventually have a career as a commercial pilot.”
As part of his application for the scholarship, Lamar wrote an essay about how his dad took him to many air shows and fly-ins — an early catalyst for his fascination with aviation. He also flew in a WACO biplane on the Outer Banks from Dare County Airport. During the excursion, he flew over the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Bodie Island Lighthouse, and the beach, which he described as a “memorable and exhilarating experience.”
In his essay, he also discussed how a career in aviation would be “life-changing.” He viewed the scholarship as a way to “propel my education in the field of aviation as well as take every moment as a learning experience to gain as much knowledge about flight as possible.”
The scholarship includes 50 hours of flight training, 20 hours of ground training, and five hours of simulator training — all of which will take place at Elite Flight Academy’s location at Davidson County Airport. In addition, all training materials such as books, videos, headset, etc., are included.
In addition to the scholarship, Elite Flight Academy is awarding two runners up with a package that includes training books, five hours of simulator time, and a discount on flight training.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.
The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.
Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid director of volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to approximately the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.
Please contact Kristie Hege, at the United Way of Davidson County for nomination forms, by calling (336) 249-2532.
Completed forms should be returned to Hege at the United Way of Davidson County, 11 Court Square, Suite 100, Lexington, NC no later than Jan. 31, 2023.
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