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Dunkin' is opening a new store on Highway 92 in Woodstock.

Dunkin' is celebrating the opening a new store Friday in Woodstock with a coffee giveaway and free doughnuts for customers.

The new restaurant, at 8000 Alabama Road N.E., on Highway 92 between Dixie Speedway and Target, marks the 1,000th location for Dunkin's "Next Generation" store design.

The new Dunkin' opens at 8 a.m. with free coffee for a year to the first 100 guests in the drive-thru. From 9-11 a.m., visitors can receive a free classic doughnut, no purchase necessary while supplies last. The store will also give out a variety of Dunkin’ branded merchandise, including a commemorative tumbler, throughout the day.

Scott Murphy, president of Dunkin' and head of Inspire Brands Beverage-Snack Category, will join Andy Awale, the Woodstock franchisee, for the store’s official ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Awale and his franchise group, the Awale Network, own several Atlanta-area Dunkin' locations.

Following the ribbon cutting, the Awale Network and the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation will present a $1,000 grant to the Northside Hospital Cherokee NICU – Miracle Babies Fund. The donation will specifically help provide resources and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care units. The Awale Network will also donate 1,000 pounds of Dunkin’ packaged coffee to Woodstock-based Never Alone food pantry.

"Our team is thrilled to be a part of Dunkin’s Next Gen initiative and open the brand’s 1,000th Next Gen store here in Woodstock,” Awale said. “We are proud to offer the community an enhanced guest experience, including an approachable atmosphere and exciting innovations. We look forward to keeping Woodstock running on Dunkin’ for years to come!”

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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