Warwick Dunkin’ Donuts reopens after temporary closure

Warwick. Now hiring to solve lack of staff problem.

| 28 Sep 2021 | 04:46

On Monday, Sept. 27, Warwick’s Dunkin’ Donuts reopened after a temporary closure. And now “Stay sippin with Dunkin” is back but with reduced hours.

Last Thursday, Sept. 23, photographer Robert G. Breese was among the regular customers who discovered that Dunkin’ Donuts along Main Street in Warwick was temporarily closed according to the sign he saw posted on the front door.

“I know,” he said, “that many people are disappointed about this according to the local Facebook posts. The parking lot, usually busy with traffic, was empty. Over the past weeks their online ordering was shut down due to lack of staff. I know this because I tried to order ahead a few times and couldn’t. When I finally stopped in one of the employees told me they didn’t have enough workers to handle all the orders so they shut down the online order system. I am assuming they are hurting for employees like all the other food establishments. A sign on the front door is offering career opportunities.”

Although the wages and benefits are considered competitive, Dunkin’ branches and other similar food service franchises throughout the country are struggling to find workers amid the labor shortage.

One in six

According to data maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, of the nearly 10 million job openings in the United States, roughly one in six are in the leisure and hospitality sector that includes food service workers.

“We just can’t get people to work,” said Warwick Dunkin’ Donuts Temporary Store Manager Taylor Fillipowski. “Even after the government payments run out they would rather sit home on the couch.”

But he encourages people to apply now for the many good job opportunities available.

The reduced hours for Dunkin’ Donuts Warwick branch are Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- Roger Gavan