RIDLEY TOWNSHIP — The Hamburglar remains the same, but just about everything else has changed at the McDonald's on MacDade Boulevard in Woodlyn.

The Hamburglar was in town recently to celebrate the grand reopening of the fast-food eatery at 1253 MacDade Boulevard, Woodlyn. The restaurant unveiled its transformed dining experience, which includes new technology and menu items and an enhanced level of service to enable a more modern guest experience. The Woodlyn site, the ninth McDonald’s in the county to undergo a compete transformation, debuted its new look, just in time for when all McDonald’s restaurants introduce the new “Worldwide Favorites” Menu this past Wednesday, June 5.

The changes are reflective of a new restaurant model that has been successfully rolled out in McDonald’s restaurants across the country and puts more choice and control in the hands of guests by evolving how they order, what they order, how they pay and how they are served.

For those looking to order at their own pace, Woodlyn McDonald’s new digital self-order kiosks make ordering and paying for a meal easy. Kiosks empower guests to browse the menu, find new options and tailor their meal just the way they want. Guests’ orders are now delivered to tables by McDonald’s crew members, allowing customers to relax and enjoy a more custom dining experience.

The lobby of the restaurant has been completely redone and the décor has a modern look and feel with comfortable seating and plenty of outlets so guests may plug in or recharge electronic devices. Each McDonald's restaurant in the county has its own distinct look.

Woodlyn McDonald’s owner/operator Rich Doane and his restaurant team are placing a higher emphasis on hospitality by focusing on greeting customers, assisting with technology and ensuring a clean, welcoming environment.

“We’re excited to share this evolved experience at McDonald’s with our customers,” stated Doane. “We appreciate and value our guests’ feedback on this new experience, and we’re looking forward to offering them a new way to dine at their local McDonald’s.”

The Woodlyn McDonald’s will offer McFamily Fun Night 5-7 p.m. every Wednesday, when kids’ crafts, retro games and $1.99 Happy Meals will be featured.

At the recent ribbon-cutting and re-dedication ceremony, Doane and his daughter Alyssa, a second generation McDonald’s owner/operator candidate, joined local community leaders for the event. Ridley Township commissioners Tom Donahue, Betsy Cummins and Patrick McMenamin were on hand for the ribbon-cutting, as well as Leeann Wetzel, Ridley School District superintendent; Beverly Kapanjie, Ridley School Board vice president; Paul Louth, Ridley High School Career Readiness teacher; John Taylor, executive board member of Ridley Area Little League; Arthur Weisfeld, executive director/founder of Senior Community Services; Kim McDaniel, director of Schoolhouse Center, and members and staff of Schoolhouse Center and others in the community.

“The Ridley Township Commissioners are really proud of how McDonald’s looks and the improvement that its remodeling brought to MacDade Boulevard,” McMenamin said. “Keep your eyes open going forward. We are working really hard on the MacDade Boulevard revitalization. It’s going to keep getting better along MacDade!”

In keeping with their commitment to support the community where they live, work and play, the Doane family made donations of $250 each to Ridley Area Little League, Ridley School District Foundation, and Ridley’s Schoolhouse Senior Center. The ribbon that was cut was fashioned out of fifty $5 bills. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, the $250 cash was handed over to Weisfeld for Schoolhouse Center.

Guests at the ribbon-cutting learned about the many ways McDonald’s supports employee education through “Archways to Opportunity.” Dave Cashwell of Ridley Township, manager of the Woodlyn McDonald’s, explained that McDonald’s offers scholarships and other incentives to employees to further their education.

“There’s a lot of opportunity here for employees of all ages,” Cashwell said.

Owner Doane said he started working at McDonald’s when he was 16 years old and now, as owner, is “proud to be a part of the McDonald’s system.”

Doane Family Enterprises owns 12 McDonald’s restaurants in Delaware County. Like the Ridley Township McDonald’s, the restaurants in Broomall, Upper Chichester, Eddystone, Clifton Heights, Havertown, and on South State Road, Township Line Road, and 69th Street in Upper Darby, have all been given make-overs and modernized. According to a company spokesperson, the Darby location will be renovated in September, the Boothwyn McDonald’s site will undergo a transformation in 2020 and the Concordville McDonald’s will likely relocate next year.

Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women.

For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com and for more information on the educational opportunities offered to McDonald’s employees, visit www.ArchwaysToOpportunity.com/.

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