The McDonald’s restaurant near Shelby High School will reopen Saturday.
The 206 E. Dixon Boulevard location closed at the beginning of the year to deal with a sinkhole caused by the collapse of a sewage drain. McDonald’s was initially supposed to reopen in the spring, but construction and inclement weather delayed the process.
Shawn Kuthan, whose family operates the McDonald’s franchises in Shelby, said the reopening comes as a relief.
“The most important thing is getting back open and getting people back in the store,” he said. “We’re getting things back to normal before we do anything special.”
The plan is to host a grand reopening ceremony and special events in August after the restaurant has reestablished itself.
The reopened McDonald’s will feature some familiar faces. About 70 employees have been hired to work at the franchise as it reopens, around half of which are returning employees.
Crystale Miller will serve as the new store manager. She has 20 years of experience with the company and previously served as the manager during the opening of the original location at the 206 E. Dixon Boulevard, prior to it being torn down and the current store being built.
“We’re excited to have her,” Kuthan said. “She’s a great asset to us.”
The finishing touches to the store are in the process of being put in place ahead of Saturday’s reopening, with asphalt being redone and landscapers completing the exterior.
The McDonald’s location is expected to open at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Casey White can be reached at 704-669-3339 or email@example.com.
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