mcdonald's signal hill

The finishing touches are being put on the McDonald's near the Signal Hill Mall in Statesville on Monday.

The McDonald’s on Signal Hill Drive in Statesville will reopen its doors at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning — nearly five months after its former building was demolished to make way for the renovated restaurant.

Besides being bigger, the new $2.5 million McDonald’s will feature modern equipment both in the kitchen and for customers.

Mike Neader, owner of McDonald’s of Iredell County, was happy to rattle off the new amenities in the restaurant.

“We have the walk-up kiosk, double-lane driveway, kids’ (interactive) play station, charging stations,” he said.

Neader announced plans to rebuild the restaurant in late 2017, shortly after he purchased the former Pizza Hut location next door. Both buildings were demolished in August 2018 to make room for the new McDonald’s.

The 110 Signal Hill Drive McDonald’s carries the distinction of being the first McDonald’s in Statesville. Neader's family opened the store in 1975.

Neader now owns nine McDonald’s in Iredell County.

This marks the second renovation for Neader in recent years. He renovated his McDonald’s in the Westpark shopping center on N.C. Highway 90 in April 2017.

Neader said he needs more staff than originally anticipated.

“We’ve hired 100 people and we’re still hiring,” he said with a laugh.

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 26.


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