McDonald’s spending $2.1 million on 2 Middletown restaurants

A national fast-food chain is expected to invest more than $2 million rebuilding and remodeling two Middletown restaurant locations.

McDonald’s, 2351 N. Verity Parkway, is being rebuilt at an estimated cost of $1.4 million, according to the City of Middletown building inspection department.

The Verity Parkway McDonald’s opened in 1961 and was rebuilt in 1998, according to a company spokesman. He said the current location will remain open during the early stages of construction.

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The new 5,284-square foot restaurant is scheduled to open early in 2018.

Customers are encouraged to use the Germantown Road entrance for the drive-through and dining room because the Verity Parkway entrance is closed.

McDonald’s also is expected to spend $700,0000 remodeling the interior and updating the exterior of the building at 3570 Commerce Drive, according to the permit.

The Commerce Drive location opened in 1979 and was rebuilt in 1999. The renovations are scheduled to be complete sometime in December, according to the company.

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Two years ago, another Middletown McDonald’s, 1301 S. Breiel Blvd., was torn down and rebuilt on the same site.

That location has a smaller dining area and two-lane drive-through similar to the McDonald’s on Verity Parkway. About 70 percent of the Breiel Boulevard restaurant’s business comes from drive-through customers and the expanded drive-through was expected to increase business at the location when it re-opened in December 2015, said Martha Reid, the store’s general manager.

The Breiel location, which was built in 1972, underwent a huge renovation in 2002 when the late Steve Posey, who formerly owned the local franchise, invested $369,000 into the store, remodeling the lobby, kitchen and restrooms and expanding the workforce there by 12 employees, according to Journal-News archives.

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