Piggott McDonalds Set to Open
After years of planning, the new McDonald's Restaurant and Circle K convenience store on the east edge of Piggott is set to open. The new businesses had originally been scheduled to open in May, and later were slated to open June 10, but wet weather this spring hampered construction and pushed the date back.
"The weather has caused us some problems, especially this last round of rain," noted McDonald's owner/operator Larry Lovelace Monday morning. "It has slowed the process down some, but we're confident we'll be open for business Tuesday, June 18."
Last summer a building permit was obtained by Magness Oil Company, of Gassville, Ark., owners and operators of the convenience store. It called for a 6,412 square foot structure, of which the McDonald's would occupy about 3,500 square feet.
Magness Oil Company has been in business since 1960. The company leases or operates over 40 convenience stores, has a fleet of nearly two dozen fuel delivery trucks and owns a number of other businesses, including the Holiday Inn Express at Paragould.
Site preparation began in August, but construction was delayed due to an issue with an existing natural gas main. By November the problem had been addressed, and an easement gained, allowing work to get underway. The new businesses are located on the north side of East Main Street, between Country Mart and Aerial Bouquets.
According to Lovelace, the convenience store and McDonald's drive-through will be open 24 hours a day. "Right now we're not sure if our dining room will be open 24 hours a day, but if we find there is business to warrant it we'll make that change," he added.
The convenience store will sell Exxon gasoline and diesel fuel, and will have fuel islands at both the front and rear of the building. "Although this is not a truck stop, there will be truck parking at the rear," Lovelace noted.
He also indicated the McDonald's will be a state-of-the-art restaurant with multiple big screen TV's, the latest in automated equipment and twin drive-through lanes.
Monday afternoon both locations were alive with activity, as last minute pieces of equipment were being installed and product delivered. Workers were also wrapping-up the exterior work on the buildings, and completing the installation of gas pumps.
The two new businesses are expected to generate nearly 100 jobs for the Piggott area.