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Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins Fined for Tree Removal in Clintonville

Bryan Dijkhuizen

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The opinion of the author is his own and has no affiliation with the topic that was included. Sources that are used in this article are the following: Columbus Underground and for information about individuals, he used Wikipedia.


Dunkin’ Donuts is an American multinational coffee and doughnut company, as well as a quick-service restaurant.

It was founded by Bill Rosenberg in 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts1. It sells a variety of products, such as donuts, coffee, muffins, bagel sandwiches, and more.

Dunkin' Donuts, 2023

A new Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins store in Clintonville, Ohio, has been fined more than $8,000 by the city of Columbus for cutting down four mature trees without permission. The trees were located along North High Street, a major thoroughfare in the city, and provided shade and beauty to the area.

The owner of the store, which is still under construction, removed the trees sometime this winter, according to Kerry Francis, a communications officer for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

Francis said the owner has been in communication with the city and claimed he was not aware of the restrictions around cutting down trees.

The city has assessed a fine of $8,800 to the owner and also required him to plant four new trees in place of the ones cut down. A spokesperson for Dunkin’ Donuts did not return a request for comment. Local management at the Clintonville location declined to comment.

Nathan Faulkner, a resident of Clintonville who regularly drives by the store, noticed the missing trees about a month ago and contacted the city’s urban forestry section to request that new trees be planted. Faulkner said he values the old trees in his neighborhood and was disappointed by their removal.

“It’s one of the things that makes Clintonville unique. It’s an older neighborhood with older trees,” Faulkner said. “They’re not getting any older when you cut them down.”

Francis said the city will work with management at Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins in Clintonville to go through the process of getting the trees planted properly, which could take time.

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