New Look, Same Taste – McDonald’s on Clayton Road is Now Open

October 31, 2012 17:17 pm · 53 comments

The opening of a new McDonald’s wouldn’t usually be a big deal, but this is incredible, because the old McD’s on Clayton Road in Concord was demolished and the new one was built in about 65 days.

Good work. Looks nice (for a McDonald’s).

Thanks to “ricomann” for the picture!

1 JumboJack October 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Will the dollar menu be gone? Someones got to pay for this place!

2 ChampagneKitty October 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Yes, that was pretty fast!

3 Anon October 31, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Same pink and crap food.

4 whatever October 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I can drive by a finished building.

5 Lorelei October 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Yaaaaaay! Now the EMT’s will have something to do! Shovel that crap into your children and yourselves, but keep your cellphone charged so you can call 911!

6 anonk October 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Glad the town gets some tax revenue….too bad about the “same food” part.

7 Abe on Ayers October 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Smug snarky comment!

8 The Richards Family October 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The building looks great, nice that they are replacing their old buildings. Its good for the city. And as always don’t eat there if you don’t like it.

9 Enfield303 October 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

@Lorelei…How is a big mac,fries and a coke any worse than sitting on a couch shoveling bags of chips, greasy ribs and blocks of cheese in ones face. I think it’s more about balance and portions than where you do the shoveling.

10 Seal October 31, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Awesome job! Looks good!

11 Tifosi Rouleur October 31, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Super Size Me

12 Bob the Repairman October 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

You know this building was not a government project since it took only 65 days to complete. Funny how that is.

13 AJ Buttacavoli October 31, 2012 at 6:30 PM

People can snicker all they want, but you cannot argue with success and McD’s has got it in spades. Loving ’em!

14 I just stopped there on my way home. October 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Looks nice inside and out. Two human cockroaches accosted me in the parking lot, of course.

15 11B October 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I prefer a lil place around the corner from there called TOGOS!

16 mac October 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Anything to make Concord look a letter better.

17 Antler October 31, 2012 at 7:21 PM

….yeaaaaaaaaa, because now westbound traffic can make a U-turn headed east again at that signal light!

18 Mike Hermantrout October 31, 2012 at 7:21 PM

So a kid gets a happy meal every now and then. Is that a big deal?

How many people smoke or do drugs or take pills or speed or text and drive ?

Grow up

19 Harmony October 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Di-a-be-tes clap, clap, clap clap clap!!!!!

20 60426 October 31, 2012 at 7:38 PM

IF YOU LIKE THE LOOK . . . much can be attributed to the five Concord Design Review Board members who insisted on design enhancement changes instead of boring brown box of McDonald’s architect. And watch for their magic on the Monument Boulevard McDonald which is next on the destroy and rebuild list. On the Monument project the play area will disappear and the building will be wider but remain the same length.

21 Killjoy October 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

It’s amazing they passed all the permit inspections and were able to reopen so soon.
Congrats to McDonalds.

22 @14 October 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Yeah, I also don’t get the point of a new building when they don’t keep their property drunkard-free.

23 JustMe October 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Yay! I’m so glad it’s back. I’m surprised it’s open already.

24 Shrektrician October 31, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Those out-of-towner non-Union $12 an hour illegal aliens built that place FAST!

25 Highway 4 SUCKS October 31, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Those workers don’t screw around! Send ’em over to Antioch to get that damn Highway 4 over with and done with!

26 Concord Mike October 31, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Took our kids to the old one and now we can take our grand kids to the new one. Life is good.

27 Highway Star October 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Lemme get this straight – Walnut Creek gets a new shopping center with a Sprouts grocery, World Burrito, and Habit Burger and down the street coming is a huge 24-Hr. Fitness and Chick Fil-A.

…and Concord gets a new McDonald’s building to replace an old building.

Hoooey! Economic development in Concord is rocking!!!

28 Jen October 31, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Seriously!! All the haters should keep their negative comments for the people that want to hear them . @ Hiway star .. The owner not the city decided on renovating … Know your facts before you post so you don’t look completely stupid !!!! If people don’t like mc Donald’s food don’t eat it !! A mc Donald’s hamburger is part of most people’s childhood memories.. I’m glad it’s open so quickly !!! Yay !

29 Old Timer October 31, 2012 at 9:20 PM

How much extra did they pay to the City Of Concord to speed up the permit process and inspection process.If this was you home remodel project it wouldn’t happen that fast.I know of several bussiness’s that tried and got nothing but trouble.Great for McDonald’s.

30 JDial October 31, 2012 at 9:41 PM

We went in tonight wed and almost froze to death. Otherwise it was just another big mac joint.

31 csb October 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM

You would think Mc D’s would hire a security guard for the parking lot. It might help keep skanky people from hanging out there and increase business.

32 I'm The Urban Spaceman October 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Could someone fill me in on what the mayor means by ‘taste’.
I have not sated myself with their grub since 1986.
Is their ‘meat’ patty still grey in color?

33 OLD GRINGO October 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

This is GREAT NEWS, I will be getting a couple of Big Macs tomorrow.

34 I'm The Urban Spaceman October 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Lorelei,

Don’t call 911 from a cell phone, call the local PO-Leese…ALL 911 cell phone calls are routed thru the CHP Dispatch in Vallejo…there can be quite a delay before connection with an operator and having them patch you back to your local Constabulary before you talk to someone who can help you.

35 ex-californian November 1, 2012 at 4:40 AM

…and the same lame negative comments.

36 anonymous November 1, 2012 at 6:04 AM

@Highway Star, quit belly aching and whining. Get in your car and go to WC!! Big deal!!

37 JumboJack November 1, 2012 at 6:21 AM

A much better choice is Jack in the Box,!! easier to park,, and much better food & prices! I’m not impressed with the new Mc Donalds! The Old one was fine! Now the homeless bums are going to look out of place! This new place just doesn’t fit in Concord! It looks like a Dublin or San Jose kind of place!

38 MIss Ranchogirl November 1, 2012 at 7:04 AM

amazing how fast this was done. I don’t eat there, but it looks nice to drive by.

39 Acc November 1, 2012 at 7:08 AM

@shrektrician. Funny and not funny. U hit it right on the head.

40 SuperFast November 1, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Wow. That was FAST!

They should have been on teh bay bridge project.

41 warbirds45 November 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

McDonalds is my kind of place
Hamburgers in your face
French fries between your toes
Dill pickles up your nose
Ketchup running down your back
I want my money back
Before I have a heart attack!

42 G non November 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

So when it was under construction there were “help wanted” signs out…. The old workers go to other McDonalds and there is a whole new crew here? Old crew get fired? The old crew get to come back now that it’s finished? I’m curious how their employees were treated during this transition that’s all I’m a union worker….

43 @ JumboJack November 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Last time I ate at Jack in the Box, they were having a fish & chips special and I adore fish & chips. I took my first bite and was splashed by the hot oil pouring out.. Another time my family ate at a different Jack’s and we all got sick. Don’t see any reason to go back.

Micky-D’s food is always great. Try the McDouble with no cheese. A filling sandwich with little fat. I know a lot of people like Big Mac, but it’s too much bread for me.

44 Anon November 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Love to know how may of the negative posters went to Taco Puke for their free tacos the other night.

45 concord resident November 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

@shrektrician
reallly funny, if there out of towners, non union and illegals what difference does that make, they actually got the place finshed. Why do u have to hate on the illegals.
Like giants pitcher sergio romos shirt said yesterday ” i only look illegal ”
dont juge a book by its cover.
And for all those negative postes just dont eat there and probem solved.
amazing job MC donelds……..

46 RunnerDope November 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Anyone know if there is a kid’s play area in the new McDs?
My 3 year old liked the old one.

47 Highway Star November 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

@36.. who’s whining? I’m pointing out how lame Concord is at attracting new businesses.

Go to WC? Gladly. It’s cleaner than Concord the craphole.

48 skippy November 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM

@Bob the Repairman: Ask the folks on the East Coast how they feel about government projects right now.

49 The New Look November 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

@60426 #20

“much can be attributed to the five Concord Design Review Board members who insisted on design enhancement changes instead of boring brown box of McDonald’s architect”

The “Look” of the design maybe be better than the “Brown Box of the McDonalds Architect” but it’s function is just short of ridiculous.

What I saw tonight was the 2 Drive through lanes converge at one point before you get to the window. This backs up the drive though lane in the front as far as out on Clayton Road. This means you cannot drive into the parking lot to go inside since there is only 1 lane going in. If you are lucky enough to get a parking spot, you have to wait for a kind soul to let you back up to get out.

I went to the side and say the same thing so I parked behind Nations. There is a crossing area across the drive through lane to get into the restaurant.

Once inside it appears to have less seating than the old one and there is very little space to stand before you are called to get your meal.

From the time I parked until I got my #2 meal was 25 minutes. Somuch for the five Concord Design Review Board members. We can only hope that they stay away from any roadway designs if we expect to be able to drive around town in a sensible manner,

50 JM November 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

#49 – Completely agree. The great thing about the old layout was that the drive-thru was mostly limited to the entrance from the side street, while the concord blvd entrance was used primarily for parking.

The inside is cramped and minimal. It feels like you are sitting in a bathroom.

I would be embarrassed if I had anything to do with the design. I’m embarrassed as it is, knowing that my tax dollars were used to influence the design.

51 Teacher November 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

G non I was told that the old workers were offered jobs at other McDonald locations. They were given the option to come back to the Clayton Rd location or stay where they are. If they did not come back, it was their choice.

52 Teacher November 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

RunnerDope- Yes, there is a play area. It is inside the McDonald’s and is enclosed.

53 JustMe November 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I haven’t seen the design from the inside or up-close yet, but I suspect the design is in alignment with the other remodels that McDonalds is performing nationwide. Both the Pittsburg and Antioch locations were remodeled earlier this year prior to the Concord location, and both went up very quickly. I’m sure there’s others planned. McDonalds is quite organized.

All these designs have multi lanes for the drive through so that two lanes can order independantly at once. There’s huge bright menus, with a video screen to keep you order correct. There’s also pay window, which is supposed to keep the order straight, and a separate pickup window. It’s disorienting the first time you drive through, but once you get the hang if it, it’s pretty nice.

I know the Antioch location included a new children’s play area, which is pretty amazing, and even includes video touch screens where you can change to different activities. There’s a fort and I believe a slide.

The kitchens are state of the art and include a lot of automation. It’s fun, for example, to watch a completely automated McCafe being made. McDonalds even has this lid dispenser which gives you a single cup lid if you go inside and dispense your own drink. A lot of thought went into just about everything.

Anyway, I’ll probably check out the Concord location for the first time this weekend.

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