The Smyrna McDonald’s is scheduled to go through an “extreme makeover” in September. The restaurant on southbound Rt. 13 near Glenwood Avenue will be demolished and a new one will be built on the same site in about three months.


The Smyrna McDonald’s is scheduled to go through an “extreme makeover” in September.

The restaurant on southbound Rt. 13 near Glenwood Avenue will be demolished and a new one will be built on the same site in about three months.

“It will look and feel drastically different,” said owner Mark Salebra. “This will be a first-class McDonald’s with a stone front, something the Town of Smyrna can be proud of.”

The tentative closing date of the current restaurant is Sept. 7 but that could be pushed back to Sept. 20 depending on the final approvals for the project. The new restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open in early December.

The main reasons for the change include improving the traffic flow, especially in the drive-thru, and replacing an aging building that has a basement with a new restaurant all on one level.

“The building is 37 years old. It had outlived its useful life,” said Salebra. “It definitely was time.”

The new building will be slightly larger at 4,191 square feet, and parallel to the highway instead of perpendicular.

“The ingress and egress will improve dramatically,” said Salebra. “You’ll be able to easily drive around the whole restaurant.”

Now the lot has four openings for traffic -- three that are both an entrance and an exit, and one that is just an exit. The new setup will have just two openings -- both wider entrance/exit points.

“We’re going to cut the number, but the two will be significantly larger,” said Salebra. “The overall traffic flow will be much better.”

A new feature will be a side-by-side drive thru.

“It enables us to take two orders at a time for faster service,” said Salebra.

The restaurant will also feature a variety of energy-saving measures as part of the McDonald’s “green initiative.”

In addition to the Smyrna restaurant, Salebra owns five other McDonald’s, three in Dover, one in Camden, and one in Milford.