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Greater Butler Mart McDonald’s will close Sunday to begin a new building project

McDonald's in Greater Butler Mart to close Sunday to begin renovation project. Justin Guido/ Butler Eagle

Butler residents will have to look for some of their favorite Greater Butler Mart McDonald’s employees at other Butler locations in the coming months as the store plans to shut down Sunday at 2 p.m. to begin a new building project.

Carol Hidock, project manager for Tri County Management, who is in charge of the project, said demolition for the current store will begin Thursday, with construction on the new building to begin around April 10.

“It’s going to be in the same location roughly,” Hidock said. “The building isn’t going to be exactly in the same spot, but in the same parking lot as it is now.”

Hidock projects a grand opening for the new building will take place in mid-July. The new space will feature an outdoor patio, self-ordering kiosks inside and some kid play tables in the dining room.

There also will be a new modernized kitchen and service area for the employees.

“That’s going to make things a lot more efficient for our employees,” Hidock said. “It’s all about a better experience for the customers and more efficient operations for the employees. We want better and faster service. Just a lot of modern changes to the setup we have now.”

All current 55 employees are scheduled to pick up shifts at other Butler McDonald’s locations according to Kerry Ford, public relations director for McDonald’s.

“That’s between crew and management,” Ford said.

Hidock said the Greater Butler Mart McDonald’s plans to add about 20 new employees once the new store is finished.

“I just love seeing the progress and the new innovations that McDonald’s comes out with and the ever-evolving way that we serve our customers and the experiences that we offer,” Hidock said. “Our customers have really been responding to the mobile orders and delivery, and now, we are offering table service. You can come inside, sit down and order on the mobile app, and we will bring the order right out to you.”

The owner and operator of the Greater Butler Mart McDonald’s is Meghan Sweeney Ford. Sweeney and her family owns 24 restaurants in Western Pennsylvania throughout Butler, Beaver, Allegheny and Venango counties.

“When I asked (Sweeney) why she is making this investment she said that the people of Butler have just been remarkably loyal customers for decades,” Ford said. “She is delighted to give back to the community in a way they have always supported her family.”

Ford said a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for April 3 at 10 a.m. at 500 Greater Butler Mart in Butler.

As for how much money the project is to cost, Hidock and Ford could not comment on that topic at this time.

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