Tony’s Donut Shop has closed its South Portland store and is selling the building to the operator of the nearby Domino’s Pizza shop.

Tony’s owner Rick Fournier said he plans to invest money from the sale into the original doughnut shop that his father opened 50 years ago on outer Congress Street in Portland.

Fournier said he wasn’t planning to sell the shop at 1095 Broadway in South Portland, which he opened two years ago.

“They came looking and they made an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Fournier said Tuesday.

Fournier said the South Portland shop was “breaking even,” but he realized that the location warranted drive-up service that would have required further renovations. It was an Irving gas station before he bought it.

The building is larger and has more parking than the Domino’s at 980 Broadway. It’s also directly across from an Amato’s pizza and sandwich shop.

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Fournier also said he found it “very hard to be in two places at once and keep the quality high.”

Fournier plans to expand the original family business at Congress and Bolton streets by renovating a former auto maintenance garage on the property into a coffee shop, he said.

“By the time I get done with renovations, you won’t recognize it,” Fournier said.

He also plans to develop a new product line featuring cookies.


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