The restaurant at 749 Hwy. 53 East in Calhoun that opened for business in the 70s, will close its doors for a few months. Preliminary demolition began last week.
City of Calhoun building official Don McGinnis issued McDonalds a building permit in December. The building will be torn down, and a modern McDonalds will be slated there in its place in spring.
“The size is going to be about the same, but it’s a more modern one,” McGinnis said.
The improvements will include a more spacious dining area, an improved play area for children and a more efficient kitchen space, officials stated.
Crew workers began separating the steel frame in the beginning of January.
A building permit was issued in late December 2009, and Venture Construction Company will begin working on building a new McDonalds from the ground up in a few weeks.
The cost to rebuild will be nearly 1.5 million.
“Some of these chains, like KFC, the building’s so old they are remodeling it,” McGinnis said.
The original store is being replaced as part of a larger plan to improve the local restaurants.
The restaurant is expected to open again in April, officials stated.