Suwannee Democrat

Suwannee Democrat

November 19, 2012

Can you say, McOpen?

McDonalds in Branford now open

Branford — The much-anticipated wait for the new Branford McDonald’s is finally over. Friday, Nov. 9 at promptly 11 a.m., they officially opened their doors for business.

Since September, Branford folks and anyone passing through on US 27 about two blocks from the intersection of US 129 could see the construction crews building both McDonald’s and the very-soon-to-open Family Dollar store. As both structures are so closely adjacent to each other, people were able to see over the course of a couple of months, them growing from their foundational beginnings to their near-final completion.

“It was a great turnout,” said McDonald’s manager Chris Copestick about opening day. “It was really busy and everyone was very courteous.”

Prior to their opening, Brandford folks had to travel to either Lake City or Live Oak to control their “Mickey D” cravings.

“We had people come from Lake City after we opened,” said Copestick. “People came from Ft. White and from High Springs.”

A new business opening can be exciting for employees and customers, but there are always the minor issues that need to be addressed and adjusted.

“We had our kinks to work out, but everyone was great,” said Copestick. “McDonald’s is a huge corporation and were thankful that people trusted us to come in and open a business in the area. Hopefully others will follow.”

Business was cranked up as employees were busy preparing and serving the food and customers had smiles on their faces.

“It’s great McDonald’s is here,” said Linda Poncier, a new McDonald’s employee. “The best part is that they’re creating jobs for the people in this town.”


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