The lower Court Street McDonald’s Restaurant opened for business Wednesday and has all of the bells and whistles of a modern restaurant.
The restaurant was localized with a wall recognizing some of the local attractions — Mineral Springs Park, Lick Creek, Court Street, the Pekin Dragons, the Marigold Festival and more.
“This restaurant is very much Pekin,” said Store Manager Kristi Bennett. “Pekin has supported us for so long — this is a very, very busy store.
“We wanted to put a little history on the walls — Shade Park, the riverfront, and of course, the Pekin Dragon and the Marigold Festival and that type of thing. I’m just ready to get back in the swing of it — show Pekin what it is, what it’s made of, serve everyone faster and better.”
The store, located at 1013 Court St., closed in May and was demolished.
The new store will kick off the grand re-opening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. The restaurant will also offer week-long buy one, get one free specials on any Large Sandwich or Sausage Egg and Cheese McGriddles.
The first 25 customers in-store and the first 25 customers in the drive-thru will receive a coupon for one free medium-size order of fries each week for one year. WGLO 95.5 will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which time customers are invited to #FindTheFries where up to six customers can win fries for a year.
“We are proud to be a member of the Pekin community and we are excited to bring our customers a brand new restaurant to enjoy,” said Scott Bandy, McDonald’s owner/operator in an email. “We hope you will join us during our month of grand re-opening celebrations.”
The new store features duel drive-thru lanes and new landscaping. The interior features a fully updated lobby with and new dual-point ordering system with split counter function and contemporary color scheme. Free Wi-Fi is available for all customers, as are flat screen TVs and digital menu boards.
The store employs approximately 90 workers. The old store was originally located on lower Court Street in 1964 with the huge golden arches.
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