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Forum staff reports, Published August 07 2012

State-of-the-art McDonald’s to reopen on Moorhead's 8th Street

MOORHEAD – The McWait is over.

Come 5 a.m. Friday morning, the rebuilt McDonald’s restaurant at 220 8th St. S. in Moorhead will reopen for business.

Some of the changes that will greet customers:

As part of the latter, customers order at one spot and pick up their order at another. A flat-panel TV will show when orders are ready.

“We’re rebuilding for the future,” local owner and operator Steven Lind said in a written statement announcing the reopening.

“The new restaurant has all the coolest technology and newest innovations to make our service better and customers more comfortable,” Lind said.

“When we opened this McDonald’s in November 1971,” he added, “we never would have imagined digital menu boards, dual-lane drive-thrus or wireless Internet in our restaurants.

“But this is what our customers want, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide these services for them.”

Lind began working for McDonald’s while attending junior high school in Jamestown, N.D. He worked his way through management ranks to become a franchisee of McDonald’s in 1996, and he now owns and operates 10 restaurants in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

The Eighth Street location in Moorhead will be open 24 hours for both drive-thru and lobby traffic.

Also, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. this Friday through Sunday, every 10th customer will get a coupon for a free McCafe beverage.

In addition, special pricing on select menu items will continue through Sept. 1.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience during this rebuild process,” said Lind, who as part of this week’s activities will be donating $1,885 to the FM Challengers Baseball League, an organization that helps special needs children fulfill their goal of playing baseball.

The donation amount reflects the restaurant’s national McDonald’s store number, which indicates it was the 1,885th McDonald’s built in the United States.

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