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Woodbury's second McDonald's to open Thursday

Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens helps Patrick Duval and his son, the youngest employee at the restaurant, cut the ribbon at the McDonald's-East grand opening private event Tuesday. Staff photo by Riham Feshir1 / 3
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About 90 new employees have been hired at the new McDonald's. Staff photo by Riham Feshir3 / 3

Woodbury’s newest McDonald’s will open its doors to the public Thursday, revealing months of work on the restaurant that will serve the eastern part of the city.

Owners of the McDonald’s west, Jim and Patrick Duval, have expanded their family business to the Commerce Hill commercial development anchored by SuperTarget.

“We’re very pleased,” said Patrick Duval, owner and operator of the new McDonald’s. “It’s never an easy process; there is a lot of hiccups.”

The process of building the nearly 5,000 square foot restaurant began with a cold and snowy groundbreaking in May and took about three months to complete.

The business brings approximately 90 new jobs. Existing employees from the old McDonald’s will also help get things started.

“It’s amazing how popular you get when people find out you’re opening a new McDonald’s,” Duval joked at a private grand opening event Tuesday.

Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, County Commissioner Lisa Weik and State Rep. Andrea Kieffer all attended the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the restaurant.

“Woodbury is the economic engine of Washington County,” Weik said, adding, “We’re very glad to hear about the jobs especially for youth.”

Kieffer echoed Weik’s comments, expressing her excitement about visitors coming to Woodbury from Wisconsin and utilizing the restaurant as well as other establishments.

The restaurant is partnering with the Christian Cupboard food shelf to donate a percentage of sales for the first two weeks at a minimum of $1,000.

The Duval family opened the first Woodbury McDonald’s more than 16 years ago and have always planned to expand to the east, Duval said, adding that the land at Commerce Hill was a good fit.

The new restaurant is decked out with digital menu boards, more European aesthetics and a two-lane drive thru that could accommodate two dozen cars.

The new McDonald’s will open to the public at 5 a.m. Thursday.

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.