New McDonald’s for Vanderhoof

Brian Boresky cuts the ribbon on the latest addition to the Vanderhoof fast food scene, a shiny new McDonald’s location, welcoming a crowd of people to be the first to enjoy the location. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)Brian Boresky cuts the ribbon on the latest addition to the Vanderhoof fast food scene, a shiny new McDonald’s location, welcoming a crowd of people to be the first to enjoy the location. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)
Along with other dignitaries at the opening of the new Vanderhoof McDonald’s, was one more celebrity, Grimace. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)Along with other dignitaries at the opening of the new Vanderhoof McDonald’s, was one more celebrity, Grimace. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)
A new McDonald’s is now serving customers in Vanderhoof. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)A new McDonald’s is now serving customers in Vanderhoof. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)
Mayor Gary Thiessen was the first through the drive-through at the new Vanderhoof McDonald’s, welcomed by owner Brian Boresky (blue jacket) and other celebrities. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)Mayor Gary Thiessen was the first through the drive-through at the new Vanderhoof McDonald’s, welcomed by owner Brian Boresky (blue jacket) and other celebrities. (Orlanthia Habsburg/Omineca Express)

“It was very well received by the community,” said Eric Simmons, operations manager after the VIP night, which was attended by various dignitaries. Invited VIPs included Mayor Gary Thiessen, members of the council, First Nations representatives and others, including a local family who had made use of Ronald McDonald House.

“Overall, it was a very good night and a good opportunity for many of the people involved to be part of the celebration before we opened to the public,” said Simmons. “We do a VIP night for a couple of reasons. Number ones just to give our crew practice, make sure we’ve worked out all the bugs, in case there are issues and we have some time to fix them before we open to the public.”

The honour of being first through the drive-through was Thiessen. Also on site were members of the Prince George Cougars, a face painter and a DJ.

“So it was a really good event,” said Simmons.

The site, situated next to the highway, is ideal for drawing in traffic, according to Simmons.

“The community is just super excited. So obviously, there’s demand for it.”

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