New McDonald's coming on Route 286 in Plum
McDonald's is looking to open a new restaurant in Plum this spring.
The new location at the intersection of Route 286 and New Texas Road is replacing the current McDonald's less than a mile away on Route 286 near the Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Department.
“While construction is influenced by weather conditions, I expect the McDonald's of Plum building to be complete by late April,” said Andy Shaffer, owner and operator of the current restaurant on Route 286.
The new location is expected to have a side-by-side drive-thru.
The feature allows for two people to place orders at the same time.
“More than 70 percent of (McDonald's) customers utilize the drive-thru for service,” Mark Mox of McIlvried, Didiano & Mox, a consulting, engineering and surveying firm hired by McDonald's for the project said in 2012 when restaurant officials presented a site plan to the Plum Borough Planning Commission.
Borough council in November 2012 voted to approve the new restaurant that will have 46 parking spots.
Mox said a survey of parking at the current site revealed that at the peak hours of business, 27 parking spots are in use — 20 for customers and seven for employees.
“Forty-six will provide sufficient parking for this business,” Mox said.
The new restaurant will not have an indoor children's play area, like the current McDonald's.
Work to start construction of the 3,911-square-foot building began recently with the demolition of a former car dealership building at the site that is across New Texas Road from Burger King.
McDonald's officials said the corner location was selected because it is expected to boost business.
“We figure there will be significant increases in sales if we reposition ourselves at the intersection, and it will be better and more convenient for customers,” said Joe Bertucci, area real estate manager for McDonald's.
Shaffer said McDonald's is looking to sell the current restaurant building.
“If a buyer is not identified, the old structure may be demolished,” Shaffer said.
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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