More than two years after it was first announced, Dunkin’ Donuts has selected and is preparing its location in Marion.

Work is now underway on a site next to the Country Market on Sugar Hill Road. Heather Cotton, planning and development director for the city of Marion, said this site will be the location for Dunkin’ Donuts.

The city has not yet received a site plan for the restaurant but a driveway permit for that location has been issued by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The site covers 3.4 acres and only a portion of it will be used for the Dunkin’ Donuts. In addition, the property owner is asking for the area to be annexed into the city limits of Marion, according to Cotton.

The annexation request will go before the City Council during the regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

“It sounds like it’s moving forward,” said Cotton.

In April 2017, Marion was among the cities listed for 12 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in western North Carolina.

“Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups to develop a total of 12 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in North Carolina over the next several years,” reads a news release from April 2017. “New franchisee HARA Foodservice Group, LLC, plans to develop four Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Charlotte area within Hickory, Lenoir, Marion and Morganton.”

At one point last year, it looked like that the one for Marion would be located further south on Sugar Hill Road next to the second Waffle House. But plans changed and it will be located next to the Country Market, according to city officials.

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