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New McDonald’s will double employees, drive-through

With a little more than a month until the opening of the new McDonalds, two things are certain – the new facilitywill have nearly twice the number of employees as in the past, but it won’t have a PlayPlace.

“It doesn’t look like we will have a PlayPlace,” operations manager Mike Sanicola said Thursday. “They are saying with the demographics of the area, it’s not going to happen.”

The new facility will have a double drive-thru, which Sanicola said would add an additional order taker to each shift.

“We will have about 70 or 75 staff and the rest will be management, for a total of about 80 or 85 employees,” he said.

Before the March 11 and 12-demolition, the company employed 40 employees in the store and Sanicola said he expected about half of those to come back when the store reopens.

Sanicola said construction on the new facility is moving along and is right on schedule.

Construction, which began in mid-March, is scheduled to take 75 to 85 days.

“It looks like we’ll open sometime during the week of May 23,” he said. “The weather has been cooperating and the walls have gone up quickly, but we still have to work on the inside.”

Sanicola said once the new building is finished it will be similar to the McDonald’s buildings in Enterprise and Troy, which have contemporary décor on the inside and a stone faade on the outside.