With Dunkin' Donuts recently announcing that it's dropping the "Donuts" from its name on a national level comes local news concerning the popular chain.

Built in 1998, the First St. Dunkin' Donuts at 18 First St. in Pittsfield closed on Sunday Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. to undergo a full remodel. Dunkin brands is unveiling another "next generation" store, similar to the one that opened earlier this year in Quincy, MA.

The "next gen" concept will feature a brighter, more modern design including iced tea and coffee on the tap system as well as CO2 infused nitro cold brew. Dunkin's other products are remaining the same for the most part.

"Usually a remodel takes between four and five days", says Danielle Cardoso of Cafua Management, "but with the next generation concept remodel, the new store won't be open till Dec. 11 or 12."

You may remember the old plan to construct a new Dunkin Donuts on the corner of First and Fenn streets. That was scrapped when Cafua Management struck a deal with the former owner of the "Donut Man" who owned the properties that two of the current Dunkin Donuts sits on. That deal also allowed them to covert the Donut Man on upper North St. in Pittsfield (Lanesborough line) back into a Dunkin Donuts.

Cafua owns and operates eleven Dunkin' Donuts in the Berkshires, inlcuding Pittsfield, Lee, Adams and North Adams.

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