For those who’ve been missing their Hellertown McDonald’s trips, the wait is over.
The restaurant at 14 Main Street was closed for nearly a week while an extensive remodeling project that began in mid-April was completed.
Its drive-thru reopened over the weekend, and the entire store was open for business by Monday afternoon, which was when a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand reopening celebration were held outside with the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce.
Officials from the chamber, the borough and Lower Saucon Township were on hand, along with customers who were enjoying their first local McDonald’s meal in a while.
In congratulating franchise owner Jim McIntyre, chamber chairman Ricky Gower said, “Jim, you made it.”
“I realize what a huge accomplishment something like this is,” he told him. “We wish you a lot of continued success.”
The newly-renovated McDonald’s features a reconfigured front counter/lobby area, drive-thru menus that are displayed on LED screens, a self-service ordering kiosk, new seating and wall treatments and a wall that separates the front counter from the kitchen. The entire restaurant parking lot was also repaved, with new landscaping added.
“The McIntyre family…have invested in this community,” said Hellertown Mayor David Heintzelman. “They keep giving and giving.”
He called the McDonald’s which has been open since the early 1980s “a fixture” in the borough.
“We owe a lot to the McIntyres and the people who give great service,” Heintzelman added.
Jim McIntyre thanked his store supervisor, Darius, and store manager, Sylvia, for assisting him with the extensive coordination it took to keep the restaurant open and running smoothly during the first six weeks of the renovations.
While the exterior of the building was being remodeled and the drive-thru was closed, the dining room was kept open. Then, when work crews began remodeling the inside, the dining room was closed and the drive-thru reopened.
In the end it was necessary to fully close the McDonald’s for a brief period of time to complete the work that has resulted in a building with a completely new look and feel.
“It’s been a struggle,” McIntyre acknowledged, “but we finally got here.”
In celebration of the reopening, the Hellertown McDonald’s is offering customers daily specials through Friday, including 49 cent hamburgers and 59 cent cheeseburgers (Monday), $2 Big Macs (Tuesday) and a free medium drink and fry with a Worldwide Favorite Sandwich purchase (Wednesday through Friday).
The store is also hosting a raffle, and giveaways and prizes will be offered all week.
The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.