McDonald's opened its location at 101 New Garver Road in Monroe on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. The new building, which replaces one that was built in 1981, features numerous features designed to serve customers more quickly, including digital kiosks for ordering food and drinks. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF
Photo: Eric Schwartzberg
Photo: Eric Schwartzberg

New McDonald’s opens at longtime location in Monroe: Here’s what’s new

The new location at 101 New Garver Road in Monroe just west of Interstate 75’s Ohio 63 exit replaces a structure built in 1981 and demolished in early June.

The fast food giant added new features for the location, including a double drive-thru and digital ordering kiosks in the lobby, according to owner Katie Blankenship.

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The restaurant’s exterior design is only featured on two other McDonald’s locations worldwide, she said.

The new location also features parking spots reserved for those who use McDonald’s app for its Mobile Order & Pay feature, which allows for curbside, drive-thru or restaurant pickups.

As the vehicle crossed the threshold of the restaurant’s parking lot, the order is automatically sent to the kitchen, Blankenship said.

“You’re skipping everyone else that’s waiting in line,” she said. “They haven’t even ordered yet.”

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The restaurant, which previously offered online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats for its customers, is expected to add on-demand food delivery service DoorDash later this month, Blankenship said.

Reconfigured parking means reserved spaces for buses and other large vehicles.

By mid-October, the Monroe location will expand its hours to be open 24 hours a day, which Blankenship said is “a great opportunity” for customers who are out late.

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A grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday will feature giveaways from McDonald’s, Monroe Police Department and Monroe Fire Department, plus appearances by Cincinnati Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs and members of the Monroe Hornets Marching Band. McDonald’s koozies will be sold for $5 each, with $3 going to Ronald McDonald House Charities and the remaining $2 covering the manufacturing and shipping costs.

Monroe City Manager Bill Brock said the new McDonald’s is “reflective of the growth in this city and what it means to be here in Monroe.”

“We want to bring new businesses in but we want to make sure the businesses that are here are keeping up with the pace of what the community wants and I think that’s exactly what they did here,” Brock said. “It’s quite exciting to see something new, something modern. I think everybody’s going to enjoy it, both the travelers along I-75 and the community.”

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