SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Just ahead of the lunch rush, chefs at Pizza Works are busy prepping. Outside along The X, these signs adorn the sidewalk, and windows, all with the same message: save Pizza Works. “I just learned and it’s a disgrace. I’ve been coming to this pizza shop for 20 years. Dunkin’ Donuts has to live and let live. These people have a great business, they employ like 20 or 30 people, and don’t think Dunkin Donuts is going to go broke if they tear this down,” exclaimed regular customer Eddie Guzman.
According to manager Mustafa Colak, they’ve been battling Dunkin’ Donuts for the last 8 months.
He says they want to tear down the building they’ve rented for 28 years to make a drive through for the adjacent shop. “Dunkin’ Donuts, they have to get special permit from the city so they can build the drive thru. They’ve been trying to work because they have power, they have lawyers, they have money. The only thing we have with us is people of Springfield,” Colak stated.
To add insult to injury, there’s already a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru right on Sumner Avenue, about 200 yards away from Pizza Works, and the other Dunkin’ Donuts. “Everybody knows us, you know, we have sometimes up to 22 people, and this affects almost up to 100 people, because they have family, they have kids. We live here. Unlike big corporations, we’re local. We live local,” added Colak.
It’s unclear if the same franchise owns both outlets. The landlord who owns Pizza Works lives in another state, and is looking to sell the building.
In a written statement, Dunkin’ Donuts says, quote,
“Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are owned and operated by individual franchisees who are responsible for making their own business decisions. The Springfield Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant has been serving the community for more than 30 years, and we have been made aware that the franchisee intends to expand and remodel the restaurant to better serve guests in the future. The franchisee informed their tenants of their intention several months ago and Pizza Works has until April 2014 to relocate. To that end, the franchisee has been working closely with the city over the past year to develop a site plan to improve the area and provide a great guest experience.”