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Area's first Dunkin' Donuts closing up shop for good Monday

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Joyce and Groover Blitch are closing up their Dunkin' Donuts shop for good Monday. Joyce and Groover Blitch are closing up their Dunkin' Donuts shop for good Monday.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The area's first Dunkin' Donuts opened in 1967, but Monday it will close up shop for good after serving Raleigh for 46 years.

The small shop sits near the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Fenton Street.

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.

Groover Blitch has been chatting up his customers for years serving them advice, a friendly word, and companionship along with a hot cup of coffee and something sweet to eat.

"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.

"My wife is a regular too, and this is the only place in town she can get the cake donuts she likes," Cunningham said.

For Joyce Blitch, the shop's closing is bittersweet.

"We’ve spent 46 years here…we’ve made a lot of good friends," she said. "We saw something new every day. It was a good experience."

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."

The shop will close forever between noon and 4 p.m. Monday when they finish selling out the last few donuts and muffins.

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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Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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