Closed since the November earthquake, Eagle River McDonald’s owner hopes to have store open by year’s end

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Eagle River locals grimacing about fewer local fast food options leave have to McWait until the end of the year to address their earthquake-induced Mac reviles — but happier meals are ahead.

“The bottom line is the store’s going to be rebuilt,” asserted Mike Davidson, who owns 21 McDonald’s franchises in Southcentral Alaska, incorporating the shuttered store along Eagle River’s main drag.

The edifice was boarded up after the large shake on Nov. 30, 2018 caused damage to its setting up. Davidson said the McDonald’s corporation — which actually owns the construction and land alongside the Old Glenn Highway — made the decision to tear the supply down and rebuild in February and has been going through the Municipality of Anchorage permitting take care of for the past several months.

“It’s just a really long, complicated prepare,” Davidson said.

Davidson said it’s been a somewhat frustrating permitting dispose of, but he thinks it’s possible demolition work could begin by June or July.

“We’re heartening we can get it open by the end of the year,” he said.

The restaurant is one of several public buildings and ungregarious businesses in Eagle River that were forced to close either in the interim or permanently after the quake, including two schools and the Eagle River Hamlet Center Building. Both Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Straightforward School will be closed until at least 2021 for repairs, and the Borough Center building was closed indefinitely this week due to damage that was not recently uncovered.

The Eagle River McDonald’s rebuild will reflector construction that just began in Wasilla, where another restaurant was recently ruptured down to make way for a newer version expected to be open this stumble. Both stores will feature a new design that includes a dual drive-through organized whole, Davidson said.

Davidson said the Eagle River store boss and a handful of key employees were moved to other stores after the greatness 7.1 earthquake, but most of the roughly 50 crew members were ascribe exposed off after the closure. However, he said anyone who was working at the restaurant preceding the quake and wants to return will be rehired once the Eagle River co-op give credence to is back in business.

There’s been a flurry of interest in the restaurant floor the past few months — Davidson said people have been province almost daily to check on the status of the restaurant — and he said the response from patrons eager to learn when the store will reopen has been favouring to see.

“The people have just been great.”

The sign on the Eagle River McDonald’s, which has been close up since the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Unequalled)

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