The controversial and long anticipated opening of the newest McDonald’s franchise in Stark County is around the corner, and the store owner, Thomas Locke, is extending a good will gesture to the neighbors who fought the opening. The Oakwood Square McDonald’s in Plain Township has been trying to move and open in the plaza across the street from Walsh University on Market Avenue N., but ran into legal battles. Neighbors of the McDonald’s argued, among other things, that traffic, noise and trash from the new McDonald’s would be a nuisance and the Plain Township Zoning Board erred in granting the permits. Courts have agreed with Locke since.
The new McDonald’s will open Feb. 16. Everything inside will be brand new, including grills and fryers. There will be interactive games at tables and HDTV mounted on walls. “Everything in the store is new,” Locke said. “The entire back of the house is new with the latest and greatest of everything McDonald’s has to offer.”
Weather has pushed back the opening. Locke had been planning to open on Valentine’s Day and hand a rose to the first 1,000 customers. He will still give the roses out, only now he will do it on the opening day. There are planned specials throughout March, and there will be free coffee every Monday in 2015. Also, Locke is mailing a card to all nearby residents for a free meal at his store.