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McDonalds bringing jobs to Fox Chapel area

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Ronald McDonald helps Fox Chapel HIgh School administrator John McGee and Fox Chapel students with the ground breaking at the Waterworks Mall.

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More than 40 jobs will be created specifically for Fox Chapel Area students when the now under-construction McDonalds opens in June at The Waterworks.

Owner Michael Delligatti announced the new jobs during the groundbreaking last week with community leaders.

“For many years, residents across Allegheny Valley have been asking us to raise the Golden Arches in this area,” said Delligatti, son of Fox Chapel resident Jim Delligatti, who created the popular Big Mac hamburger.

“We are delighted to finally fulfill that request and create more than 75 jobs in all.”

John Baxter, coordinator of career development for Fox Chapel Area School District, attended the event with a handful of students who already were put to work filming a commercial to air on public access TV.

“It's great that our students will have jobs created for them,” he said. “And this is already cool, even for students who don't plan to get a job here. McDonalds is a big deal to be doing a commercial about.”

Construction crews started work following the groundbreaking, clearing property that formerly housed Kings restaurant for nearly 30 years.

The Waterworks McDonalds will be among 21 owned by Delligatti's M&J Management.

Jim Delligatti brought the first McDonalds to the western Pennsylvania region, opening a store along McKnight Road in 1957.

Jan Barbus, Sharpsburg secretary, said she was excited for the Golden Arches but not only for the burgers and fries.

She said it will provide a boost to the local economy.

“It's exciting for our youth to get a chance to work in a familiar place,” she said.

When McDonalds opens this summer, it will feature LED lighting in the parking lot and exterior signs in an effort to be environmentally conscious. The building also will have a white reflective roof to help save on cooling and will feature the contemporary arcade design now popular.

A grand opening date will be announced this spring.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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