Construction to begin soon on McDonald’s
Those wanting to see the arch won't have to go all the way to St. Louis. Baldwin City will actually have a golden pair of its own soon.
The construction on the new McDonald's and Santa Fe Market should begin in March, said Santa Fe Market owner Frank Foye.
"It will be a three to five month project, depending on the weather," Foye said.
The new convenience store and fast-food restaurant will be built on the northeast corner of the U.S. Highways 56 and Sixth Street.
There had been talk about a bay car wash, but he said that has been put on hold.
"That will be in the future," he said.
But Foye said he thought now was the right time to build the convenience store and restaurant.
"I just think the city's growing," he said. "The town needed a new store and I needed more room to grow too."
The new Santa Fe Market, which will still be affiliated with Phillips 66, will be about 3,000 square feet.
"Nothing much is going to change," he said. "We'll just have more room and a wider selection and more cooler doors."
But when Santa Fe Market makes the move down the street to its new location, not everything will be going with it. Foye said the convenience store will no longer serve Chester Fried Chicken.
"McDonald's will be there," he said. "We can't do both. That's part of the agreement."
McDonald's, a national fast-food chain that serves hamburgers and french fries, will also have a breakfast menu, he said. Even though he didn't know the exact size of the restaurant yet, he said it will be able to seat about 38 people.
Even though Foye won't own the franchise, he said it will still be locally owned.
"We're going to own the building and they'll pay rent to us," he said. "It is going to be a a locally owned business."
He said he's heard mixed feelings from Baldwin residents about the new development.
"Some people say they don't want a McDonald's; they'll miss the chicken," he said. "But some people say they want it. I heard more positive than negative."
He said he's not sure what he will do with the current Santa Fe Market building once he's moved out.
"I don't know if I'll lease or sell," he said. "I'm open for suggestions."
But Foye said he will be ready to move into the new location when it's ready.
"I think it's the best available location in town," he said.