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The oldest McDonalds in Central Oregon is no longer. The store on Northeast Third Street at the Wagner Mall was demolished this morning. We talked to owner Nanette Bittler: “Well, it's really exciting. We probably had about 100 people show for the last time to see the original McDonalds in Central Oregon and then we started the demolition process of the actual restaurant building. Kind of mixed emotions; it was exciting as we moved forward, but kind of sad cause there's so many wonderful memories in that restaurant." Bittler says they made a goal of recycling at least 70% of the store and ended up recycling about 90%. She explains that the new restaurant will be larger and more modern and have 2 drive-through lanes. The workers from the northeast Bend store are being used in other McDonalds Restaurants that Bittler owns throughout Central Oregon. She says when they re-open this spring they plan to hire 15 more employees.

 

 

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