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By Jodi Schwan
An upgrade years in the making is a few weeks from opening at the McDonald’s on 41st Street and Shirley Avenue.
The 1970s-era restaurant was torn down as soon as flood-related regulations were lifted and construction in the area was allowed.
The new restaurant is on the same site but will include a double drive-thru, easier access and modern upgrades like digital menu boards.
Franchisee Rick Lessnau said construction is going well, and a ribbon-cutting has been scheduled for Aug. 1.
A few weeks later, improvements will start at the location at 2416 W. 12th St. The restaurant will be upgraded inside and out and will stay open during construction, which is expected to last until sometime in October.
“It’ll look more like the new store on 41st Street, and it will have all the technology bells and whistles,” Lessnau said.
McDonald’s plans to roll out online and kiosk ordering before the end of the year and add a mobile pay option.
Eventually, all of the Sioux Falls locations will be remodeled, he added.
“Next year, I’ll do two more stores, and the year after I’ll do two more,” he said.
The new McDonald’s at 41st and Shirley is the first of several changes for the chain in Sioux Falls.