WILLIAMSBURG — Soon visitors to the trendy "epicenter of Williamsburg" will get a new first impression when they hop off the Bedford Avenue subway station: Dunkin Donuts.
The sprawling chain with more than 3,100 franchises worldwide is moving into prime real estate on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North Seventh Street, said past tenants who were priced out of the coveted locale.
"I bet within a month or two they'll be up and running," said past tenant Halina Jankowski, whose Northside Pharmacy occupied the space the past 15 years and has moved one block away on Driggs Avenue. "They started construction around the Fourth of July...They're working hard."
Representatives from the company confirmed that the chain was indeed setting up shop but did not comment on when the new store would open.
The Dunkin Donuts — next door to the bar Spike Hill and on a strip of other eateries and boutiques that have replaced many bodegas in recent years — will take up a "great corner" that's "the epicenter of Williamsburg," Jankowski said, admitting her surprise the chain would occupy the space.
"I just expected something a little more fancy," she said, "or original or hip."