Coming soon: a new look for an old friend
Local McDonald's demos building to make way for new structure
Regular customers at one of Greshams McDonalds restaurants are probably hatin the loss of their favorite fast food stop.
But come mid-August, theyll be lovin it once more.
The golden arches on Northeast Burnside Road disappeared seemingly overnight a couple weeks ago, leaving behind nothing but a huge pile of rubble and debris. What will emerge in a little over three months will be an updated exterior and amenities designed for customer comfort and convenience.
Brian Mattson, construction manager for franchise owner Jessika Hernandez, said McDonalds typically rebuilds its stores when they reach the 25-30-year mark in age. Hernandez store on Burnside most likely was at least that old, given it had a basement once used for storage of supplies and cold foods. Newer, more efficient storage measures have made the need for basements obsolete.
The base has, indeed, been filled in, Mattson said. The new building will be brick, and it will have a side-by-side drive-through. And it will include a new playplace.
Hernandez, who also owns a store on Northeast 181st Avenue near Interstate 84, has shuffled her 67 employees to other locations for the duration of the rebuild.
I kept my key people at my other store, and some of my other crew are working at Cherry Park (in Troutdale) and with another local owner/operator in the Portland area, she said. We moved our crew around to keep them working while we do the remodel.
Estacada-based JRD Excavation headed up the buildings demolition. A company spokesperson said most of the scrap materials were being recycled, including the steel framing and wood.
A grand reopening is planned for sometime in September.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT