I should have written this yesterday but alas, I got busy and just didn’t do it. I am still selling crocheted animals and dolls if anyone wants one. On with the gossip of McDonald’s located at 503 North Lincoln Road in Escanaba, Michigan!
Everyone has rumors but I asked the workers changing McDonald’s and the staff of McDonald’s, what the hell is going on? I was there twice before and well, I am a nosy person, so I have known since around the middle of February that the playland was going bye-bye. I got to hear the Wilson’s talking to the architect about the designs and I got to see the designs the day before they took out playland. Now most will tell you it is coming out because of maintenance and insurance or liability. Just not so. Our McDonald’s has decided to follow the corporate rebranding of McDonald’s. This is the reason. Nothing to do with extra seating or playland but with the corporation itself. The new “modern” McDonald’s is trying to compete with Starbucks! Therefore, all the franchises are expected to follow corporate’s lead and ideas.
They are squaring up the outside of the building and remodeling the whole inside. They will have the lobby closed for about 1 day but no one knows exactly when. THAT IS RIGHT FOLKS THE WHOLE STORE IS GETTING A FACELIFT! The lobby is getting more plugs and the new design. If you have been to Green Bay’s McDonald’s then you will know what it should look like. They are leaving in the corner booths but expect all chairs and tables.
McDonald’s Corporation has been rolling out new designs like the ordering menus inside the lobby which means you don’t have a cashier, having someone bring your meal to the table, and being more of a coffee shop with WiFi access. McDonald’s is fading itself from the image of fast food and families to being a coffee shop that serves food giving people access to the internet.
I talked to the kids that came in and they all hate the new McDonald’s. They want their play area back. They no longer want anything to do with this place. What is most upsetting is that the play equipment went into the garbage. Everyone believes it should have been donated to a place, any place, where kids can still use it. Several parents have said they won’t be coming back and that includes grandparents as well. It was the sole reason to be at our local McDonald’s. It was the place to go with small children. It kept them wore out and on good behavior since they could play a while and eat. Even the elderly where asking the staff of McDonald’s where the kids were going to go now. We have really bad winters. This means finding an indoor place for the children to play. There is now a huge, HUGE gap in our town that needs replacing. It is nice that corporate wants to compete with Starbucks but at what cost. They are now alienating the families who really were the backbone of McDonald’s. McDonald’s would never have served millions of people with out the children begging to go there.
I have some more pictures for you all and when the remodel is complete, I will get you more. I am not sure what to think of McDonald’s new way of being. I guess we all grow up at some point in time. McDonald’s has been sued over and over again because of the menu maybe they think it is time to say goodbye to the food and hello to the coffee driven society of people.
I just wanted you all to know it has nothing to do with liability, insurance, or maintenance of playland but in the new rebranding of the McDonald’s image. I will write you all again real soon. Until then, enjoy your coffee and net surfing at a McDonald’s near you!