McDonald's to open by fall in GameStop space
CHAMPAIGN — Local McDonald's franchisee Dwight Miller confirmed Monday that he and his son Scott will open their 12th restaurant in Champaign's Campustown later this year.
The move will mark a return of the fast-food chain to virtually the same space it occupied there through most of the 1970s and '80s.
As reported in Sunday's News-Gazette, a building permit for the restaurant at 616 E. Green St., C, was recently issued, listing an estimated $725,000 in renovations.
Miller said McDonald's will occupy the storefront now occupied by GameStop. It will also take space vacated by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, which recently moved to the building's second floor, said Jill Guth, director of commercial leasing/marketing for JSM Commercial.
Miller said the restaurant should be up and running before the University of Illinois school year begins this fall.
"I'm hoping to have it open between July 15 to Aug. 1, before the kids come back," he said.
Miller said he had been looking at the space for a couple years and plans to hire about 70 people to work there.
Initially, the restaurant will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but Miller said he may adjust the hours, based on travel patterns.
Guth said McDonald's has a 10-year lease with JSM for more than 4,000 square feet in the Technology Plaza building.
"McDonald's has been a joy to work with," she added, referring to cooperation from the Oak Brook-based chain and its franchisee.
Miller, of DASH Management, and his son Scott operate 11 stores in the Champaign and Decatur areas.