McDonald's reopens, donates to local groups

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BRATTLEBORO — McDonald's officials expect big sales this weekend as the fast food restaurant opened its doors again Friday on Putney Road.

"Thank you, Brattleboro," said Peter Napoli, owner and operator, in his remarks about the new building.

During a grand re-opening ceremony on Thursday, his group provided $5,000 to the Brattleboro Historical Society and $1,000 to Brattleboro Recreation and Parks for building a skatepark. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will go to Green Street School.

"The place looks great," said Larry Johnston, brand ambassador, thanking local contractors for the quick build. "Many of the businesses are from here in Brattleboro."

New features include kiosks to order, a conveyor belt to quicken the cooking process, more room in the kitchen and storage room, and an extra drive-thru window so vehicles can stay in line and employees won't have to come outside to bring orders that need additional time.

The new kiosks are not meant to be "labor savers," Johnston said, maintaining that he anticipates more jobs. Employees will be bringing food out to customers and offering to help. An estimated 70 percent of customers use the kiosks in McDonald's stores, according to Johnston.

The Putney Road location was opened on Oct. 8, 1974.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273,

or @CMaysBR.

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