Remodeling began Oct. 1 at the Sequim McDonald’s to replace its PlayPlace and the restaurant’s interior and exterior. Staff anticipate the remodel finishing tentatively in December. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Remodeling began Oct. 1 at the Sequim McDonald’s to replace its PlayPlace and the restaurant’s interior and exterior. Staff anticipate the remodel finishing tentatively in December. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim McDonald’s remodel underway

Sequim’s golden arches are getting a makeover.

Crews began construction Oct. 1 at McDonald’s on 107 S. Seventh Ave., which is anticipated to finish in early December.

Susan Fenwick, customer care and operations office manager for Peninsula McDonald’s Enterprises in Silverdale, said owner Brian Beaulaurier is in process of remodeling his McDonald’s franchises including Kingston and Poulsbo. His Port Angeles’ restaurant was remodeled more than two years ago, she said.

Sequim’s McDonald’s will host a new roof and exterior and interior for customers, Fenwick said, including new playground equipment for its PlayPlace.

Some of the restaurants are installing a two-lane drive-thru, similar to Port Angeles, she said, but Sequim will remain single lane. Sequim’s drive-thru will feature a new digital menu board.

Another feature coming to the restaurant is an ordering kiosk where customers can either order from it or the counter.

Fenwick said they’ve heard some complaints that the kiosk eliminates employees, which she said is untrue.

“It creates more points of order taking,” she said. “And it’s done the opposite in that it’s gotten more people in the kitchen.”

Beaulaurier will add a guest experience lead position who greets inside customers and helps them with the kiosk, if needed.

Appearance-wise, Fenwick said Sequim’s McDonald’s will look similar to a recently finished restaurant on Highway 303 in Bremerton with a gray outside tone.

The restaurant’s completion date remains a moving target with a tentative finishing date in early December, Fenwick said.

The drive-thru will remain open throughout the remodel but on a day to be determined it will close completely for renovations.

Fenwick said intermittent drive-thru closures are not expected.

A grand reopening for the restaurant is to be determined.

Brian and Kathy Beaulaurier purchased the Sequim McDonald’s in 1998 and at one point owned 14 locations and currently owns 10 while two of his daughters own the other four locations.

Following the start of Sequim’s construction, Poulsbo McDonald’s, also owned by the Beaulauriers, tentatively begins its remodel in mid-November.

The City of Sequim’s permitting process values the Sequim McDonald’s construction at $200,000.

The store continues to offer McTakeovers for schools, school groups and local 501(c)3 nonprofit groups once a month on a Wednesday where 40 percent of food and coupon book sales go to the group and 10 percent to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska.

For more information on the restaurant and/or McTakeovers, call 360-337-1278, email mctakeovers@peninsulamcdonalds.com or visit www.peninsulamcdonalds.com.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

Staff with Peninsula McDonald’s Enterprises say Sequim’s McDonald’s will look similar to this Bremerton McDonald’s that recently finished a remodel, too. Submitted photo

Staff with Peninsula McDonald’s Enterprises say Sequim’s McDonald’s will look similar to this Bremerton McDonald’s that recently finished a remodel, too. Submitted photo

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