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Woodbury McDonald's closes for renovation

A completely new and renovated McDonald's will reemerge this September in Woodbury, after the old one is torn down and rebuilt.

The 29-year-old structure has exceeded its capacity, owners Jim and Patrick Duval said. The one-lane drive-thru is always busy during peak hours, sometimes backed up all the way to the street entrance.

"It really was due to capacity. We've grown; we continue to grow in Woodbury. The building was pretty much at its end," Patrick Duval said.

But it's not just capacity that's prompted the owners to rebuild the entire store - they wanted to catch up with the times and offer a modern and contemporary fast food restaurant.

The exterior of the new McDonald's will depart from the traditional look since 1968, while the interior features will offer convenient and up-to-date features.

The restaurant will have natural finishes in the lobby, more elevated, bar-height seating as well as regular chairs and booths, free wi-fi and plasma televisions. The energy-efficient restaurant will also have lower lighting levels utilizing recessed can lights and pendant fixtures.

"Everything will be much more modern," Patrick Duval said.

The father-son team and owners of the Woodbury McDonald's first thought of adding a second lane drive-thru to accommodate the growing number of customers, but a complete renovation made more sense.

"It was almost just as economical to start over and rebuild than it was to make all those changes," Patrick Duval said.

McDonald's closed Saturday, June 25, and will re-open in September. In the meantime, about 90 employees have either transferred to six other locations or chose to take a leave of absence for the summer.

Duval said about 15 part-time employees, some high school students, decided to take some time off, while the rest took jobs elsewhere.

"We tried to put most of them somewhere if we could," he added.

The restaurant will be hiring again in September when it reopens, according to a press release.

The Duvals have owned the Woodbury McDonald's for about four and a half years, but the lone Woodbury McDonald's has stood at the location for 29 years.

Normally, other McDonald's locations get torn down and rebuilt after 40 years of operation, but the local one was at capacity and needed to be revamped sooner, Duval said.

"I think it'll be very exciting for the community," he added.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.