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.