Upgraded McDonald's to Replace Demolished Howell Mill McDonald's

The retro, unique-looking McDonald's has been demolished to make room for an upgraded one.

The McDonald's at the corner of Howell Mill and Collier roads was demolished last week, and according to sources, the fast food giant plans to rebuild a newer, upgraded restaurant in its place.

The McDonald's was unique with its retro look unlike other McDonald's throughout the state.

According to What Now Atlanta, the franchisee has submitted a building permit application to the City of Atlanta earlier this year to build a more efficient 2,184-square-foot McDonald's restaurant on the same site at a cost of about $480,000.

The upgrade may be part of the push by the fast food chain to make its stores look more like Starbucks and less like McDonald's, just as Starbucks is trying to be more like a place for evening drinks and small plates.

According to USA Today, McDonald's is undergoing its largest store-by-store makeover in the chain's 56-year history at the tune of about $1 billion in an attempt to entice customers away from Panera Bread, Chipotle and similar eateries. The restaurants will be equipped with more faux leather chairs, counters with outlets for laptop use and muted earthtone paint colors.

However, Tomorrow's News Today reported that the new replacement restaurant will be similar to Checkers and possibly have a double drive-through with a walk-up counter and no dining room.

Will you miss the McDonald's with its retro look? Do you wish something else were being built in that location? Tell us below in the comments.

Brett November 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM
A McDonald's to replace a McDonald's? Oh, the excitement.
MidtownGirl November 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM
That intersection is a traffic disaster, especially when an 18 wheeler of which there are many since it is the warehouse district, can't make the turn. First Blockbuster was demolished, now McDonalds, and the city didn't take either opportunity to increase the size of the intersection and improve horrendous traffic flow in a fast growing part of the city. The new Chase bank moved one entrance into the parking lot which made getting through that intersection even worse than before. Who is issuing these permits without thinking them through?!
bud wright November 28, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Amen, sister - our City Council works on issues forever and accomplishes nothing.... this traffic nightmare is fixable!
bud wright November 28, 2012 at 05:21 PM
AMEN, sister - this is a nightmare intersection..... why can't our City Council fix this and forget about those issues they kick around for hears. This is DOable.
Nick Wolfcale February 11, 2013 at 01:59 PM
It is now clear that this new building is nothing more than a drive thru machine. It will have no windows other than the drive thru openings. They tore down a unique structure that at least had a quirky neighborhood feel to it. We will now have a decorated bunker more appropriate to the Shawshank yard. Thanks a lot Micky D's, we now know what you really think of our neighborhood. We should never expect our city officials to take care of our neighborhood. If the city planners cared about our neighborhood, they wouldn't have approved permits for the 25 - 30 places where you can get your car serviced, gassed up, repaired, rented etc etc that exist on Howell Mill or created the short cut to the Chattahoochee industrial area. Our neighborhood is the repair garage for NW Atlanta. While I'm at it, the food truck park is an aesthetic disaster. It's owner and the city care nothing about how it looks or functions.


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