06/18/10 “McDonald’s to Be Torn Down Next Week,” The Free-Lance Star

 
McDonald’s to Be Torn Down Next Week
 
The McDonald’s next to UMW will be torn down Monday to make way for the chain’s latest model
 
By CATHY JETT

The McDonald’s that has served genera tions of University of Mary Washington students is expected to be demolished on Monday.

And it isn’t the only place in town that’s going to look fresh. The Walmart in Central Park is being remodeled, and several new businesses are opening in the area.

The classic, nearly 40-year-old McDonald’s on U.S. 1 will be replaced with the “Forever Young” model, McDonald’s first major redesign since the 1970s.

The new, more contemporary restaurant is expected to open in September, soon after UMW’s new dormitory opens across U.S. 1 in Eagle Village, said Chris Kay, director of operations for the six area McDonald’s owned by Eric Miller.

Its flat roof will be topped with a golden, sloping curve, and the interior will feature an earth-toned palette of gold, sage-green and browns. There will be two drive-through windows instead of one to speed up service, three video-game stations for children and outdoor seating for 30 or 40 in place of the old play area.

Miller has found positions for the restaurant’s staff at his other locations, and will need to hire up to 15 additional staff when the new restaurant is finished because it will be open 24 hours a day.

Walmart’s remodel, which is expected to be finished next month, will feature wider aisles, lower-profile shelving, a brighter interior paint scheme and lighting, as well as easy-to-read signage. It also will have a new layout designed to make shopping for everyday items easier and faster.

Walmart recently finished a similar remodel at its Southpoint II location. As in that case, the Central Park store is remaining open while the work is done. The majority of construction and moving is being completed overnight.

New franchises moving into the area include a Salad Creations, a build-your-own salad eatery that will open July 17 in Stafford Marketplace; and Sports Clips, a sports-themed barbershop, which will open soon in Central Park.

In addition, Matthew and Tamis Davis of Spotsylvania County plan to open Harvest Market, a 5,825-square-foot grocery, cafe and deli that will open in late fall in Spotsylvania Courthouse Village.


Cathy Jett: (540) 374-5407
Email: cjett@freelancestar.com
Published: June 18, 2010 by The Free Lance-Star


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