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October 28, 2020

Insider Notebook: Holy Donut Exchange Street space filled; Skowhegan Dunkin' goes green

A an old store front with a brick sidewalk and a sign that says Holy Donut Photo / Renee Cordes Bar Harbor-based bakery Mount Desserts will temporarily take over the former Holy Donut store on Exchange Street in Portland.

Holy Donut may have left a hole on Exchange Street in Portland when it announced earlier this month it closed the shop, but a Bar Harbor bakery is moving in to fill it.

Mount Desserts, a Bar Harbor bakery that specializes in pie, is opening in 1,248 square feet of retail space at 7 Exchange St. The lease was brokered by Samantha Marinko, Joe Italiaander and John Finegan, of the Boulos Co.

According to Portland Old Port website, the location is a temporary one for Mount Desserts, which plans to move to the rear half of the former Pearl Tap House in the spring.

Holy Donut, which announced in September that it's opening a shop in Auburn, said the pandemic shutdown had a "tremendous impact" on the Exchange Street store. Its Park Street shop in Portland remains open.

The lease is up in February and Ryan Howe, the company's director of business operations, told Mainebiz earlier this month that it may eventually return to the Old Port at another location. 

Holy Donut closed Oct. 19, and Mount Desserts plans to open Sunday.

In other doughnut-related real estate news, add green to the iconic orange and pink of Dunkin'. The Skowhegan Dunkin' franchise at 386 Madison Ave., owned by Colleen and Ed Bailey, has reopened after an extensive renovation to become a more energy-efficient DD Green store.

The Canton, Mass.-based chain launched the DD Green program in 2014. To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, franchisees, construction managers and architects have to follow a five-stage program during the planning, design and construction phases of store development. Stores that meet all the criteria display a DD Green plaque in-store "that notes the restaurant’s achievement in energy reduction and sustainable design," Dunkin' says on its website.

There is no information on how many of the 171 Dunkin' stores in Maine are DD Green, but the company recently announced it surpassed its initial goal of 500 DD Green stores nationwide by the end of this year, and plans to reach 1,000 by the end of 2035.

The store also has a new digital drive-thru menu board, tap system for cold teas and coffees, new tables and seating for customers, front counter bakery cases and high-volume coffee brewers. The Baileys celebrated the reopening by presenting a check for $1,000 to the Skowhegan Community Food Cupboard.

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