McDonald's to open by fall in GameStop space

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.

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danrice56 wrote on March 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

Ok, the article says Game Stop is leaving the space but doesn't say where to, if anywhere. Not that I shop there but there has been recent news about Game Stop and any other used video game store going the way of the dinasour thanks to the transfer to digital content.

It would be nice to know if this is a sign of that, or whatever it is a sign of. Something.


And Mr. Miller may be a perfectly nice guy but McDonalds is by far the worst food I have ever eaten in my life. It barely qualifies as food. Plus they, as a corporation, rip off their workers.



But knowing how difficult it is to locate a McDonalds in this area it will be a welcome sight for many. : /