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Head-to-toe renovations taking shape at Trussville McDonald’s

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — The renovations at the McDonald’s on Chalkville Road in Trussville are coming along and that’s evident from the road.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, crews were seen sprucing up the golden arches using a crane and a bucket. The pole holding the “M” logo was painted.

The legendary playland dome is gone and parts for the new playland have arrived on site. The exterior of the building was completely renovated. The roof and siding were removed and replaced.

On the inside of the fast-food restaurant, there will be a new drink-system, extra outside seating, and a state-of-the-art air-conditioning and heating system.

“We’re doing a total remodel of the restaurant,” said area manager Mary Pease in April. “Everything top to bottom. It’s going to start right out here. We plan to run the lobby for another three weeks, that’s our time frame for keeping the lobby open. (Then) we’ll shut the lobby down and run drive-thru only for six weeks; shut everything down for three weeks and open up totally brand new. We’re planning to open the week after Memorial weekend.”

The update reflects not only the need to upgrade an aging facility, but also to keep up with changing customer needs and expectations. The new facility will boast several features that are in keeping with the rise of the digital age and an on-demand world.

“It will be the McDonald’s new image,” said Pease. “There will be the kiosks in the lobby; we’ll have four of them where they can do their own ordering, table service. If customers order on the kiosk (in the dining area) or at the front counter, we’ll bring their food out to them.”

The renovation will also see new digital menu boards installed in the restaurant, both inside and outside of the facility.

The Trussville McDonalds was built in 1988 and shortly after, then-owner Max Cooper added the domed playland to the facility. More than one generation has passed through those golden arches on its way to adulthood.  It was the first and the biggest attraction of its kind in the city.

“Us older people that have been around, our children grew up with it, and their grandchildren have been in it,” said Pease. “It’s history in Trussville. It’s the McDonalds where the big playland dome is. So, it was a landmark, that is what it was. It has been here 30 years.”

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