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The Hopeful Future of the Olympic Heights Dunkin’ Donuts Plaza

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The Hamptons Plaza on Kimberly Blvd is the most popular and easily reachable after school location for Olympic Heights High School students to walk to. Despite this, many students aren’t aware of the other stores and businesses in the plaza other than the infamous Dunkin’ Donuts, which is very well known and has been visited at least once by almost every student that goes to OH. 

“I’ve been to a pizza place [Lenny’s Pizza] that’s in there and a little convenience store [Famous Deli of Boca],” said junior Gabriela Pujols. “The pizza was pretty good and I just bought a soda from the store.”

These businesses – the pizza place and convenience store – are seemingly the only other two shops that students visit and aren’t nearly as popular as the Dunkin’.

Upon closer inspection, the Hampton’s plaza contains a couple of various doctors’ offices, a daycare, and an arcade – that’s only for adults. These are not exactly the kind of businesses that would cater to a high school audience. Despite that, they are located in the most convenient plaza for OH students to meet up after school. 

So the question is raised: Should the plaza contain more stores and restaurants that appeal to high schoolers? Students definitely agree, with some suggestions being an ice cream parlor, an actual arcade not for just adults, Chili’s, Chipotle, or McDonald’s.

The presence of more businesses that are popular among high schoolers can also help alleviate the issue of overcrowding at Dunkin’ and bring more customers to the plaza in general. 

Students at OH are also getting tired of just Dunkin’, and the lack of enticing stores in the Hampton’s results in many students walking over to the plaza to simply stand around and wait to be picked up. If other stores were brought it, it would promote socialization among students and maybe even bring about a couple new study locations.

In addition to being a social hub and study spot, the new businesses could offer great job opportunities to students. The plaza being a short walk away from the school can benefit students who may not have a car to drive to work after school but are still looking to work.

However, if there were more frequently visited stores or restaurants near the school, parents may be concerned about their kids’ spending habits. The temptation of easily accessible, cheap, and quick food or popular clothing could definitely lead to students spending a lot more money than they currently are at just Dunkin’. 

Parents may also become concerned about the eating habits of their children if there were to be more fast food restaurants close to the school. Even if there were to be healthier food options, students tend to go for the quicker and cheaper option, not always the healthiest.

As for now, Dunkin’ seems to be the most popular spot, with Lenny’s Pizza and Famous Deli of Boca coming in second. Maybe in the near future a rival for the Dunkin’ Donuts will open its doors, and the plaza will continue to grow.

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    Conor ByrdenNov 7, 2023 at 9:22 pm

    This is a well-written editorial with a proper, relevant concern to share. I do agree that the Hamptons Plaza lacks a hip attraction to draw our business toward the complex. Our school campus is not situated near very many teenage “hang-outs” of choice other than the Dunkin’ Donuts cafe, and that is a shame. I am very surprised that no similar brand—even a direct competitor such as Starbucks Coffee—has opened up shop in that same vicinity and seized the opportunity to profit from the same steady crowd that swarms Dunkin’ Donuts every week-day morning and afternoon. I would like to see more restaurants, stores, video arcades, and any other businesses that would appeal to our interests as high-schoolers within walking distance of Olympic Heights (and on the same side of Lyons Road). However, it must be noted that if teenage presence were to be stimulated around a particular shopping center, other age groups might be swayed away. Shops in the Hamptons Plaza that currently find most of their business from the retired residents of Century Village across the street, for instance, may begin to struggle for customers as their clientele finds itself outnumbered by our generation. While it could be in the interest of both Olympic Heights students and certain entrepreneurs and franchisees to release the potential of the Hamptons as a hotspot of after-school activity, I can imagine other customers and vendors who might cherish the absence of juvenile loiterers around their storefronts.

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      The TorchNov 10, 2023 at 7:16 am

      Thanks for taking the time to leave such an insightful comment!

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    abraham queroNov 6, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    probably one of the best hangout spots, good ole times.

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    Jacob CarrionOct 25, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Love this article, I completely agree especially with the idea of constructing a new chipotle!

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      The TorchNov 10, 2023 at 7:16 am

      Wouldn’t it be great to have more dining options in that plaza? A Chipotle would be nice for sure!

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    nichole powellOct 24, 2023 at 11:26 am

    nice quick article

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    Julia Andrade XavierOct 24, 2023 at 11:25 am

    This is a great article! I completely agree with the consensus that this plaza should contain more stores that appeal to high schoolers.

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    Angelina MagnayeOct 24, 2023 at 11:24 am

    I love the attention to detail! This article covers basically all topics revolving around the plaza, even including parents concerns. Great job!

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