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story.lead_photo.caption A rendition of the Magnolia's new McDonald's set to completed by mid-September. It will be built upon the same site as the current location at the corner of E. Main and Frederick. - Photo by McDonald's Corporation

McDonald’s in Magnolia as it currently exists will only last a few more days. Announced Tuesday by owners Steve and Celia Montgomery, the restaurant’s last day of operation will be Friday, May 24, before the restaurant at the corner of E. Main and Frederick is demolished and rebuilt into a larger, more modern space.

The new restaurant is hoped to be open by mid-September, weather permitting, according to the owners.

“We are so excited to bring to Magnolia a fresh, new, and built from the ground up, Brand New McDonald’s,” the owners said.

To celebrate the new build, all past and current employees are invited to drop by on May 24 to share a slice of cake and share their memories with the Montgomerys. The original owner who built the store, Larry Smith, will also be there to share stories about the original build. Cake serving begins at 2 p.m.

Features of the new restaurant will include:

A larger, beautiful lobby; ordering kiosks in the lobby, with a friendly attendant to help customers; a two-lane drive-thru system; ll new kitchen features and equipment; and entrances with vestibules coming in off both sides of building.

“The Montgomerys have wanted to do this for Magnolia since they purchased it in 2011, it’s finally happening, and they couldn’t be more pleased,” a Tuesday statement said. “They are happy to give back to the community that has supported them for the past eight years.”

“This is a big step for all of us, our staff, as well as our customers,” said Steve. “It will be enjoyed by all! The town of Magnolia is a proud, strong community that supports its local trade, and we admire that. We also want to help this city grow and stay strong. This new building is for all our patrons here and can be inviting to other businesses considering coming in.”

The owners are expected check-in and update the public on the progress as the construction progresses.

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