The remodeled McDonald’s on Old Orchard will reopen on July 18. The building has several new features including digital menu boards. The Old Orchard location is the first of 156 McDonald’s in the St. Louis area to install the digital menu boards.The new menu boards are five flat-screen TVs that rotate between pricing and images of McDonalds’ food.
Other additions include a two-lane drive-thru, outdoor patio and larger lobby. Michael Proctor, who has owned the McDonald’s in Webster Groves since January, said the diverse customer base was considered in the remodel.
He said the Old Orchard location gets a lot of students and families. The new building has larger tables as well as community seating. The community seating area will include a long table with spots to plug in laptops and other electronics. A flat-screen TV will be near that area and broadcast CNN.
“We’re hoping that the kids at the university and high schools will join us…..and make us a place where they can bring their laptop and catch up on friendships or read a book and enjoy the good weather in the fall and hang out at McDonald’s,” Proctor said.
The new outdoor patio has enough seating for about 32 people. Proctor said it is a focal point of the new building.
“I really anticipate it (the new patio) being a terrific spot for Webster residents,” Proctor said.
McDonald’s will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on July 18 to celebrate its grand opening. The building was closed in mid-April and demolished soon after. Employees were given the option to transfer to one of the other 10 McDonald’s locations Proctor owns in the St. Louis area. Now that the building is reopening, approximately 15 of those original employees are returning. Proctor said some employees have left McDonald’s and others decided to stay at their new locations. The Old Orchard location will have approximately 50 employees total — double the staff it had in the old building. Proctor said he expects greater sales due to the enhancements they have made to the building.
For more information, check The Journal’s earlier coverage on the Old Orchard McDonald’s.