Stratford business expanding

Dave Stewart
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Traffic headed towards the Hillsborough Bridge in Stratford drives by the McDonalds sign at the Esso.

The golden arches are expanding in Stratford.

David McKenna, franchisee for McDonald's on P.E.I., said the time has come to turn the express location into a full-service restaurant.

"We're expanding the entire building with our partners at Esso,'' McKenna said Thursday. "It's predominantly our own needs that are being met there. We'll have all fresh seating, a re-imaged building keeping with our restaurants on the Island.''

It's the first step in what promises to be an ambitious 18-month renovation project involving the two businesses. When everything wraps up, the building will essentially double in size.

McDonald's will be closing in Stratford for more than a month while the construction takes place and Wilson's Fuels, which operates the Esso station, will wait for that work to finish before starting their own renovations.

"We want that to happen as soon as it can so it can be back up and McDonald's is serving customers,'' said Doug MacDonald, spokesman for Wilson's Fuels. "Our renovations will come in a few months, probably in the spring.''

McKenna said work to the restaurant will include new washrooms, a bigger grill and production area, bigger drive-thru and the full menu offered in the larger McDonald's establishments.

"Because of the limited size we weren't able to offer the traditional food items like quarter-pounders with cheese and so on, the larger sandwiches.''

"Stratford has been very good to us. It's time for us to step up our game. Certainly the drive-thru is the bigger part of (the project) because it's a fairly transient traffic there so we're doing everything we can to make it easier to drive through.'' David McKenna, franchisee with McDonald's

McKenna said traffic numbers at the restaurant brought about the decision to move ahead with construction.

"Stratford has been very good to us. It's time for us to step up our game. Certainly the drive-thru is the bigger part of (the project) because it's a fairly transient traffic there so we're doing everything we can to make it easier to drive through.''

Renovations are also underway at the McDonald's restaurant in Montague and there are plans to make changes to the express location at the corner of North River Road and Capital Drive.

Summerside contractors Fitzgerald and Snow are handling the work.

McKenna said there won't be any significant changes to the entrance/exit off Stratford Road.

"Unfortunately, there's not a lot we can do about that. It's just the lay of the land. We've had discussions with the Town of Stratford and (the province) and we're working on trying to mitigate it as much as we can.''

MacDonald said Wilson's plans include renovating the inside of the store and, possibly, building a car wash adjacent to the existing gas station.

"No final decisions have been made yet,'' he said.

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  • provincial traffic managemetn
    November 02, 2012 - 13:06

    Any place in PEI where the provincial transportation dept is responsible for traffic management is a complete farce. That includes this intersection and the rest of the towns of Stratford & Cornwall as well as the Plan B area. This department and its minister are a sick ineffective pathetic joke. I still remember back in the 80s and 90s when provincial transportation was responsible for ''transportation management'' in Sherwood, Parkdale, West Royalty and East Royalty. Every single one of the worst intersections in Charlottetown are located in areas where provincial trasnportation's idiot employees allowed businesses, particularly drive thru's like Danny Murphy (West Royalty & Sherwood being 2 examples) too close to intersections. And now city taxpayers are left holding the bag for decades of pathetic incompetence by this department of Holland College and high school grads. The number of real engineers in that dept doing real engineering work can be counted on 2 hands - likely the most amateur and pathetic provincial transportation department of any Canadian province. Do us a favour Ghiz. Disband this entire corrupt and ineffective department and just have us call New Brunswick Dept of Transportation to come across the bridge with a truck once a week to take care of our roads - they would do a better and more efficient job!

  • Mr. Mc Cheese
    November 02, 2012 - 12:57


  • Stratford Resident
    November 02, 2012 - 12:25

    Quit your bitchin yall. Wish them luck. Thank you for exapnding your business in Stratford.

    • Yikes, no common sense or no sense of smell?
      November 02, 2012 - 14:50

      It's not the business that should be of concern for Stratford citizens, it's the fact that the sewage station is an embarrassment and the traffic flow from that location is dangerous.

  • the PPP dash
    November 02, 2012 - 11:15

    This ain't gonna work - I timed it. A fella can hold their breath, squeeze their nose, and stay conscious enough to drive safely by the ESSO for about 60 seconds. That's the amount of time a fella needs to keep from being knocked out by the putrid stench of Stratford's triple P (people poop pools). Unless Rotten Ronnie can figure out a way to get customers through the order line in under a minute without upchuckin', how is this gonna work? The locals know better, but imagine some poor tourist caught in the line with a bunch of screamin' kids some hot mid-August afternoon? It won't take a full 60 seconds to figure out they'd been planb'd . . . bad!

  • God's Country
    November 02, 2012 - 10:11

    The fine people of Stratford don't have access to a Quarter Pounder with Cheese now?...The real victims.

    November 02, 2012 - 09:33

    Before we aim our disgust at the fattening local clientel, remember McDonalds isn't bad for you as an occasional treat, and they do have some healthy things on the menu. I have no idea what they'll do about the traffic there, though.

    November 02, 2012 - 09:10

    I'm assuming they mean 18 weeks, not 18 months.

  • local wag
    November 02, 2012 - 07:59

    What a wonderful entrance into the oh-so-booming town of ''Stratford'' -- the golden arches of that lovely multi-national burger chain for filling your stomach with wholesome nutritious food -- and then right next door the sewage treatment lagoon to deal with what your colon rejects from that meal.

  • Resident
    November 02, 2012 - 07:38

    There is already traffic congestion at this difficult intersection. Would a round-about be considered to keep traffic moving, or will customers of McD's have to make attack moves to get out into the intersection?

  • G.A.S. now means gag, avoid, swallow?
    November 02, 2012 - 07:38

    Yeah right . . . the province can Plan B us with false concerns about public safety and when there's a real safety concern, they ignore it for the sake of commerce! There is nobody over 5 years old that doesn't know that a bigger drive-thru exiting cars into that section of the road is ludicrous. And let's face it, the only thing that will "mitigate" the traffic flow problem is the stench from the sewage pools ten feet away from food service window. It's hard to gag from the stench of sewage, avoid collisions and swallow junk food all at the same time.