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Say Goodbye to Dunkin' Donuts; Gas City Will Be Speedway Friday

Oswego's Gas City location was sold to Speedway last month. The store will close tonight and reopen Friday without Dunkin' Donuts.

Anyone who is a regular drinker of Dunkin' Donuts coffee will tell you that the morning pick-me-up can turn into a powerful addiction.

Customers who have gotten their fix of caffeine at the only Oswego Dunkin' Donuts location inside the Gas City at Route 34 and Wolfs Crossing Road will now have to start brewing their own at home, find another supplier or develop a taste for Speedway coffee starting Friday. 

Gas City gas stations and convenience stores, including the Oswego location, acquired by Speedway at the company's April bankruptcy auction are set to close at 8 p.m. Thursday and re-open Friday morning under their new name. Speedway will not keep open the Dunkin' Donuts located inside the station.

"This is terrible news," said Justin Jones of Oswego, who has been stopping nearly every weekday morning for about a year for his cup of morning coffee. "This stuff is what gets me going. Somebody needs to open another Dunkin' Donuts soon."

The closest Dunkin' Donuts location for most Oswego residents is at 1601 Douglas Road in Montgomery. For those living in the western part of the village, there is a location at 1604 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville.

"That's not a really convenient location for anybody who isn't going through Montgomery," said another morning regular who declined to give her name.

Speedway spokesman Shane Pochard said he had no knowledge of the transition. However, local store employees said the stores would close Thursday evening, be rebranded as Speedway stations overnight and reopen Friday in its new incarnation.

Speedway’s website already lists all of the former Gas City locations as Speedway locations, but does not indicate gasoline or diesel prices.

Gas City employees said Gas City Gold Card reward points would be good until closing Thursday. They said Gold Card members would be converted to Speedway’s Speedy Rewards program if they turn in their Gold Cards.

Gold Card members would get a bonus of some kind when they convert, store employees said, but Gold Card points would not carry over.

Logansdad May 12, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Great news. I hate driving to Yorkville to go to Speedway. The Dunkin Donuts at the Gas City location was nothing spectacular either. The selection and quality here was lacking. I do agree Oswego needs a full standing Dunkin Donuts. Perhaps they will open one on Orchard.
Oswego Mom May 12, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Noooooooo. The Dunkin Donuts was the only reason I ever went into Gas City. I love the Dunkin Ladies. Made my drink perfect every time. Guess it's time to put one up over by Walmart for all the commuters headed into Aurora or Naperville!
Logansdad May 12, 2011 at 06:10 PM
The coffe at Speedway is much better than the coffee at the Gas City Dunkin Donuts.
Oswego Mom May 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I disagree and I am sad to see it go.
M.S. May 14, 2011 at 03:56 PM
I agree with the comment for a Dunkin Donuts on Orchard Rd.
Jon Metcalf May 14, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Who cares about the coffee, how much cheaper is the gas gonna be?

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