McDonald’s Torn Down to Make Way for Expansions


Written by Dominique Cruz, Adeline Furlow, Sarah Murtaugh, and River Stone

McDonald’s? More like McRubble. After 36 years, Purcellville’s McDonald’s was torn down this August, anticipating upgrades to match the modernizing upgrades throughout the rest of the town.

The new McDonald’s will be over 4,000 square feet, equipped with two drive through lanes and three windows. This should marginally shorten wait time and prevent vehicles from spilling back into the street. The building itself will have a larger kitchen and will now seat 66 rather than 48 in order to accommodate for the recent increase of people in Western Loudoun.

In addition, the new McDonald’s sales are expected to grow from $3 million to $3.75 million annually, drastically increasing revenue to the town of Purcellville.

However, after being closed for the first time in over 30 years, some citizens of Purcellville are feeling the restaurant’s absence.

“I’m mad that the old McDonald’s got taken down, that was my spot. I went to McDonald’s every other day, so I’m definitely feeling the loss,” says Sophomore James Shockey.

McDonald’s isn’t popular with everyone, though. Sophomore Giovanni Cianciaruso sympathizes with the need for a fast meal; however, he thinks it’s worth the extra effort to find a more nutritious option.

“I know that a lot of students use [fast food restaurants] because they don’t have a lot of time, but I think it’s better when you take more time to get something healthier, rather than get something quick that’s going to harm your health,” says Cianciaruso.

The closing of the restaurant is affecting businesses as well as people. Senior Ben Hollar, who works at Purcellville’s Chick-Fil-A, has noticed a dramatic increase in customers since the renovations on McDonald’s began. The difference in hours between McDonald’s and Chick-Fil-A has also caused confusion amongst townspeople.

“We have a lot more people who come in after hours, even though we’re closed at ten. They’re all coming from the football games because McDonald’s was open 24/7,” says Hollar.

Other restaurants have been serving as a replacement for the previously popular hang out spot.

“Instead of McDonald’s, my friends and I have been to going to Tropical Smoothie a lot more often,” says Loudoun Valley Sophomore Sydney Dehler.

McDonald’s isn’t the only thing that’s shifting. The little town of Purcellville seems to be growing as we speak. Many new businesses including a bagel shop and a French bakery are coming to Purcellville, not to mention the new shopping center being constructed across from Harris Teeter.

The renovations to McDonald’s seem to be the first of many changes, as the little town of Purcellville tries to accommodate for the growing community.