WADSWORTH — A site plan to demolish the McDonald’s at 920 High St. and construct a new building in its place has been approved by the city Planning Commission.
The new building will be 4,900 square feet, an increase from the existing 3,680-square-foot structure that is 45 years old. Plans for the new McDonald’s call for a second drive-thru lane and third drive-thru window to maintain traffic flow as customers wait on orders. No changes to the business’s street entrances or exits have been sought.
Project planners at Cleveland-based Larsen Architects hope to have the old building demolished by August and its replacement up and running by November. The project probably also will involve replacement of sewer and water lines under the site’s west side.
In 2018, McDonald’s announced its intent to invest $6 billion for refurbishing or replacement of most of its restaurants by 2020. Improvements on its national agenda include self-order kiosks, digital menu boards in dining rooms and drive-thru windows, and parking spaces designated for online ordering. Expansion of delivery service through companies such as Doordash and Uber Eats also has been a point of emphasis.
The company has seen its store traffic fall by 12 percent since 2013 and has shuttered roughly 3 percent of its locations since 2014. These trends have prompted independent store operators to form a franchisee association for the first time in company history, according to Restaurant Business Online.