DANSVILLE — The Danville McDonalds is getting ready for the new and improved technology.
Dansville Mayor Peter Vogt said that the Dansville McDonald’s will be torn down, and replaced with a new one at the same location.
“They do this periodically. The old buildings get rundown, and the upkeep gets really expensive. They come up with new designs,” he said. “They are just bringing it up to date. They are going to work on the traffic flow. It gets backed up around noon time when the line is all the way out to Franklin Street.”
Vogt said the new building will offer traffic flow to be on the opposite side that it is now.
“This is an upgrade, which is always welcome,” he said. “They are taking care of their property, and taking care of their customers.”
Dansville McDonald’s owner Louis Buono Jr. talked with Genesee Country Express about the new technology he is bringing to the area. He said the target date to start is May 15. The process will take about three months to complete. Buono Jr. wants to have everything ready by the Dansville Balloon Festival.
“I am working with McDonalds and our construction team. We have a target date of May 15. Now if we don’t hit that target date than more than likely I will wait until after the Dansville Balloon Festival,” he said. “I don’t want it to be closed during that time. That is a pretty big festival we have down here. McDonalds is a hot spot for all of our guests at that time. If it were to be down during that festival I think it would be very impactful for the guests.”
Buono Jr. said that it was just time to get an upgrade since this building has been standing for decades.
“Every building has its day. You just get to a point where you are putting in bad money into a store that you are not getting any return on anymore,” he said. “We are pushing over 40 years on this building. There are some inefficiencies within the building now that make it difficult for us to service our guests. There are some size perimeters that need work.
“Our footprint of the building needs to be changed dramatically to make it more convenient. There will be a lot more conveniences inside the building with the new technology,” Buono Jr. continued. “It is not cost effective anymore to try and do all of these new changes in an old building. Unfortunately, we could not come up with an agreement with the property owners of the bank to expand parking. We are limited to the current location’s parking.”
Buono Jr. said that they will do all they can to make the parking experience easier on the guests.
“We are changing the entrance to the building,” he said. “I think this will be a huge positive for us. Right now the entrance and exit pose a huge safety hazard. We will make it much safer by moving it farther south on Maple Street. This is going to be a huge difference.”
Buono Jr. said the new service inside and outside of the building is going to make a big difference, and the village and town officials are pleased with that.
“We are going to add a self-order kiosk inside, so that you can have essentially a large iPad in the lobby to place your orders. We will have the orders prepared and brought to your seat,” he said. “There will also be a digital menu board at the drive-thru. You will also be able to link this app to your phone, so you can place orders that way.”
There will be places you can pull up to in the parking lot that will alert the people inside you are here to pick up your order. Not to mention the newest technology of all being McDonalds delivered right to your door via Uber drivers.
“You won’t even have to leave your office or home to get McDonalds,” Buono Jr. said. “You will be able to have your favorite meal delivered right to you.”
Buono Jr. said that he has been working with McDonalds on this project for about four years now, and some of his city locations are already doing this.
“I think it will be very beneficial to the community to see this building transform right in front of them,” he said. “We will do everything we can to have this ready by the Dansville Balloon Festival.”
As for the employees of the Dansville McDonalds, they will all be offered jobs at other locations until the new one is built.