McDonald's to close, rebuild
by Aziza Jackson
Jul 06, 2012 | 3999 views |  1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA — The McDonald’s restaurant on Haynes Street will soon be reduced to rubble to make way for a newer, more contemporary version of itself.

The current building is about 30 years old, and McDonald’s will serve its last customers in the building on Sunday. It will close at 8 p.m.

“I have mixed feelings,” McDonald’s general manager Terrie Shirey said. “I’ve been here a long time, but I’m excited for our brand new store with brand new everything.”

Shirey started as the restaurant’s shift supervisor 12 years ago, and said the restaurant will have newer equipment and feature a newer color scheme and contemporary design.

“We’ll have a double drive-thru instead of a single for speedier service,” Shirey said.

Employees at the current restaurant will be laid off.

Shirey said some employees have already begun to transfer to different McDonald’s restaurants around the area.

But she said that anybody who is laid off can reapply once the new restaurant opens.

“We’ll have three or four days to get everything out,” Shirey said. “Then they’ll come with a wrecking ball and that’ll be it.”

About 90 to 100 days after the demolition, the new McDonald’s restaurant will be built from the ground up.

Shirey said she is not sure what the official opening date of the new restaurant will be.

“We look forward to them coming back,” she said. “There will be some new faces and some new equipment. We’re all just real excited.”

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