ST. PETERSBURG — Not only is the McDonald's at 300 38th Ave. N closed, it will soon be demolished. But the golden arches will rise again from the rubble as a new McDonald's scheduled to open in June is built in its place.
The store will face 38th Avenue N and will offer better customer access, according to Stacy Howell, a spokeswoman for McDonald's with FKQ Advertising and Marketing. Drive-through windows will face Fourth Street.
The current store was built 27 years ago and is scheduled to be torn down this week. It has a large play area, and the new store will include one about the same size, Howell said. It is a company store, not a franchise.
"Employees are being reassigned to neighboring company-owned stores. There should be no job interruption," Howell added. She would not disclose the cost of the demolition and reconstruction.
It seems to be a good time for Burger King, the competing neighbor diagonally across Fourth Street, to pick up at least a short-term surge in business and perhaps create some converts out of hungry McDonald's loyalists. Calls to the store's Rhode Island owner, the Jan Companies, were not returned.