East Naples McDonald's opens at site of original

Demolition started Wednesday morning of the last original McDonald’s in Naples, located on the corner of US 41 and Bayshore Drive.  Employees say that a new store is slated for the site. Submitted by Trish Priller

Demolition started Wednesday morning of the last original McDonald’s in Naples, located on the corner of US 41 and Bayshore Drive. Employees say that a new store is slated for the site. Submitted by Trish Priller

— A sleek new McDonald’s has opened in East Naples.

The new restaurant, which opened today, has replaced the first McDonald’s in the Naples area, which was demolished in September. It’s more contemporary and offers outdoor seating.

The McDonald’s is in the Gulfgate Plaza near the intersection of U.S. 41 East and Bayshore Drive.

The old store was replaced as part of a larger plan to improve the local restaurants, which are now geared more toward adults.

A grand reopening event is scheduled for Jan. 9, with a visit from Ronald McDonald himself. More activities are planned from Jan. 10-16.

The original McDonald’s opened Sunday, Aug. 12, 1973.

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