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Mercersburg McDonald's goes up in short order

August 06, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - McDonald's gave new meaning to fast food Tuesday when its new restaurant outside Mercersburg went up in one day.

Steve Delamater, owner of McDonald's of Franklin County, a chain of five restaurants and builder of Mercersburg's first McDonald's, said the new restaurant was delivered to the construction site on North Main Street in seven modular pieces.

It will be up by tonight, Delamater said. The restaurant will open in mid-September "if all goes well," he said.

It will be Delamater's sixth restaurant in Franklin County, including three in Chambersburg, Pa., and one each in Waynesboro, Pa., and Greencastle, Pa. He also owns one in McConnellsburg, Pa., in Fulton County and three in Bedford County, Pa.

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Employment applications for the Mercersburg restaurant can be picked up at the Mercersburg Borough Hall on Main Street or at McDonald's restaurants in Greencastle and McConnellsburg, Delamater said.

He said he will hire 50 employees for the Mercersburg restaurant, bringing the total number of employees in all of his restaurants to 500, he said.

The new restaurant is being built on the site of the former Bob and Mickey's Department Store at 396 N. Main St., which was razed. The gun shop and sporting goods store, owned by Steve Brindle and his father, Bob Brindle, president of the Mercersburg Town Council, has reopened in temporary quarters in the former American Legion Home on Charlestown Road in Peters Township.

Steve Brindle said he and his father will build a new store in the vicinity of the old one within a year. "This place is not big enough," he said. There will be a grand opening for the Charlestown Road store in the next few weeks, he said.

The American Legion moved from the Charlestown Road address to Keefer Avenue in Mercersburg because Peters Township does not allow liquor sales.

According to Judith Chambers, borough manager for Mercersburg, Delamater considered land occupied until recently by a Tastee Freeze restaurant with frontage on Pa. 16 and Pa. 416. Delamater could not get approval for entrances on both roads, Chambers said.

She said a McDonald's will help with the tax base, but that some residents were opposed to a fast-food restaurant in the historic community, birthplace of U.S. President James Buchanan.

"There was some opposition but it never got the chance to manifest itself," Chambers said.

Delamater said he looked for years for a site in or near Mercersburg." We're excited about it. We believe we will do very well. We worked closely with Peters Township and Mercersburg. This is a historic community and it's important for us to be part of it."

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