McDonald's owner seeks permission to renovate in Nashua
By BENJAMIN C. KLEIN Union Leader Correspondent
NASHUA - As part of its nationwide billion-dollar campaign to upgrade locations across the country, McDonald's on Thursday will ask the Planning Board for permission to upgrade its 45 East Hollis Street location.
Planning Department Director Roger Houston said the plan is for McDonald's to renovate the interior, update the exterior, and add a second drive-thru lane so two cars can order at the same time.
"We're changing with the times, and we never stop looking for ways to improve. This new McDonald's speaks to the needs of our customers and our community. We want our customers to enjoy every part of the McDonald's experience," said Emile Haddad, owner and operator.
Julie Staadecker, a McDonald's contracted spokesman, said the hope is that construction can start as soon as possible pending board approval, and that the project "will likely use a contractor from Northern Massachusetts and local subcontractors."
Houston said that in his experience national corporations have a tendency to upgrade their corporate look from time-to-time, and said he still remembers when McDonald's was a small restaurant designed primarily for take-out with golden arches.
"They are proposing a complete building shift with materials and siding," Houston said.
Houston added that he has no opinion of how the building looks, and that the site's possible approval will be based upon "regulations and ordinances."
Staadecker said that when completed, the East Hollis McDonald's will have a "new, more modern look, which is what customers are looking for. In the New England region there have been about 30 restaurants upgraded over the last year, with more planned for next year."
Houston said proposed changes to the exterior include a new roof accent and more of a fieldstone look, something he said you see in a lot of residential homes.
However, Houston added, "It's very difficult to make an opinion based on a photograph; sometimes you have to see it in person."
Also going before the Planning Board will be representatives for the Bradley R. Kreick Revocable Trust, which is asking for permission to create two building lots in neighboring Hollis and to dedicate a 1,422-square-foot parcel of land as public right-of-way in Nashua in order to access it.
Despite being a Hollis project, Houston said Nashua must be involved "because there is a piece of land that is Nashua's that has to be part of the project so they can access it, and there needs to be a subdivision to clarify the boundaries so the building lots in Hollis can be constructed."