The store is located in a flood plain, and because of that, owner Groover Blitch isn't allowed to remodel or expand the shop as the franchise agreement says he must.
Without the ability to make the necessary changes, Groover and Joyce Blitch are calling it the quits after nearly 50 years.
"You’d hear about people’s lives going on. It was an old fashioned place to get together and talk and find out about people," said Richard Cunningham, a regular customer.
This particular Dunkin' Donuts still makes the donuts on site-- as opposed to having them delivered from a central kitchen.
For Joyce Blitch, the shop's closing is bittersweet.
Customers said they too felt like they're losing a friend.
"He reminds me of my father a lot. (My) dad was in the military," said customer Niki Degroots. "(They're) very sweet people. I’m sad to see them go."
Groover and Nancy said they plan to stay busy and are hoping to do a lot of work with their church.
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