The new Colonial Heights McDonald's has better access and can accommodate more customers than the old building. David Grace photo.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — McDonald’s franchise holder Diane Washburn did a complete makeover of her Fort Henry Drive restaurant in about 100 days and fixed some customer needs.
Washburn closed the old McDonald’s in March, had the whole facility torn down and then a new 21st century McDonald’s was assembled.
“We had really poor access on the site, so we fixed that and increased the capacity,” she said of the McDonald’s rebuild. “We needed a side-by-side drive through. You try to serve the food people want and the place they want to eat it in. It’s a much more contemporary environment.”
The new building appears comfortable enough to hang out in long after you've gobbled down your burger, fries and smoothie.
Some have compared the building design to Starbucks, and Business Week called it an attempt at marketing McDonald’s as a “forever young” brand.
Last Saturday, Washburn held a grand opening and ribbon cutting.
Washburn also donated $1,000 to the “Darrell’s Dream” playground and another $1,000 to the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House.
She also gave prizes to customers, including a computer tablet and gas cards.
“All month long we have (food) specials going on,” Washburn said. “We’re glad we’re back.”