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Dover Post
  • South Dover McDonald’s demolished, a new restaurant to be built by August

  • Two weeks ago, any one driving down U.S. Route 13 in south Dover would have seen a 43-year-old McDonald’s sitting between the Capitol Diner and a vacant building. Now the McDonald’s and the vacant building have been torn down.
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  • THE PROJECT
    Two weeks ago, any one driving down U.S. Route 13 in south Dover would have seen a 43-year-old McDonald’s sitting between the Capitol Diner and a vacant building. Now the McDonald’s and the vacant building have been torn down.
    “We were very restricted by the size of the property, that’s why it has taken us so long to get to the point where we can rebuild,” said Mark Salebra, McDonald’s franchise owner who also owns five other McDonald’s sites in Kent County. “We needed to acquire additional property to do what we wanted to do. We were able to make that happen. We acquired the old Golden Corral and we are developing both sites.”
     
    WHAT’S NEXT?
    By August, a sleek new McDonald’s will occupy the property, according to Steve Blount, the owner of General Construction Management, the Mountjoy, Pa.-based company that is overseeing the renovation project. The previous McDonald’s was very restricted as far as parking and access, said Salebra. The new store will be centrally located on the new combined property. It will feature double drive-thru lanes and additional parking.
    The interior of the McDonald’s will feature flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and a long center table for large groups.
    “It will be not only somewhere you can go get a good meal but a place you’ll be happy and comfortable to stay a while,”Salebra said.
    The building’s exterior will be a mixture of brick and stone and will feature an outdoor seating area. The new south Dover McDonald’s will look very similar to the renovated Smyrna McDonald’s, Salebra said.
    When the restaurant closed before the demolition there were 60 employees at the location. When the store re-opens, Salebra estimates they will have between 80 and 100 employees. Current employees were given the option of either taking three months off for the rebuild or given positions at one of Salebra’s five other McDonald’s locations.
    “We’ll be staffing up. We’re anticipating doing more business,” Salebra said. “Come late July we’ll be in a hiring frenzy.”
    Salebra said he’s hoping this facelift will help draw customers in day or night to the 24-hour location.
    “We always had a decent breakfast and lunch business, but in the evenings we didn’t do a lot of business,” Salebra said. “I think it’s going to be a very warm and welcoming environment. I think it will offer people in Dover another dinner option.”

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