PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- Officials broke ground Wednesday at the future site of Dunkin' Donuts near the intersection of Wisconsin 80 and U.S. Business 151 in Platteville.
The introduction of the national chain has been promised for some time, and Kathy Kopp, executive director of the Platteville Chamber of Commerce, said the store will likely open by the end of 2013.
"It's very exciting, and we've been anticipating this for about a year and a half, so it's really great news that they're getting started," Kopp said. "I know there was a lot of anticipation for that because they have had a sign up for quite some time. It's all very promising."
The intersection is a high-traffic area. The high-profile locale and the vibrant college community of Platteville is a large part of what attracted Dunkin' to the site, officials said.
"We're very pleased with any opportunity to be there, and that site in particular was chosen for that reason," said Pat Phillips, the chain's regional manager. "Platteville is a developing area with the college there and seemed like a logical choice based on sites that were available.
"It's just a great community. I'm personally from Dodgeville, I grew up here, and it's a nice community to be located in."
Phillips, who operates Dunkin' Donuts stores across southern Wisconsin, said he hopes the chain's partnership with the city of Platteville will benefit both groups and he hopes that Dunkin' can become an active force in the community.
"We're extremely excited to be a part of the community and participate," Phillips said. "We're definitely active in the chamber in the communities we've already gone into. We try to be a part of fundraisers and become a positive addition to the town."