McDonald’s plans new store

Monday, April 02, 2018

FAIRMONT — After 40 years, the Fairmont McDonald’s soon will be razed to make way for a new high-tech building designed for a better customer experience and employee efficiency.

Owner Wes Clerc said site preparation will begin Monday with the local firm of Tech Builders serving as general contractor for the project. The restaurant will continue to be open until April 7 when it will be shut down and readied for demolition about 10 days later. Anticipated opening date for the new building is June 22.

“A lot depends on the weather, but that’s the target date we’re shooting for,”Clerc said.

McDonald’s debuted its Fairmont restaurant in October 1978, and Clerc bought the business in July 1980. He added the play area in 1992. In 2006, a major remodel resulted in gutting the lobby and moving walls, plumbing and electrical components.

But the age and original design of the building prompted the need for a replacement structure.

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