HOLLAND TWP. — Several fast food restaurants are under construction or remodel this month in the Holland area, including the McDonald’s on Riley Street, a new Taco Bell in Zeeland Township and a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on James Street.
McDonald’s at 12645 Riley St. — owned by the Schulz McDonald’s Organization — was closed for several days this week while renovations are underway. The interior of the building, including the dining area, has been almost entirely ripped out.
“The dining area will be updated and modernized to stay current with contemporary styles,” Marty Dawes of the Schulz McDonald’s Organization wrote in an email to The Sentinel. “The (area) will include self-ordering kiosks similar to our other locations as an additional customer ordering option.”
The remodel aims to “improve efficiencies” and “deliver an outstanding customer experience.”
The family also owns location on River Avenue and Eighth Street, having acquired the three restaurants from Milagro Six Inc. — a Holland-based company owned and operated by Tony Castillo — in April 2020.
Matt and Lori Schulz have owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants for years, both together and apart. The couple owns 22 restaurants in West Michigan, including the three in Holland.
Dawes expects renovations to wrap-up in early December, opening the inside of the restaurant for take-out and, hopefully, dine-in. Until then, the business will remain drive-thru only.
“We are very excited about the project and appreciate everyone’s patience during the construction,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Zeeland Township, a new Taco Bell is underway. A site plan for the business was approved by the Zeeland Township Planning Commission in May. It’s unclear when the building, which has been largely completed, will open near 84th Avenue and the I-196 Business Loop.
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The restaurant is currently hiring and offers a $500 hiring bonus and up to $16 an hour. Interested parties should text “TACO 039000” to 85000 to apply.
Finally, back in Holland Township, construction continues on Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen near Nelis’ Dutch Village on James Street. At last reporting, developers hoped to open the restaurant in late October.
While the exterior of the building is mostly complete, and fencing surrounding the plot advertises hiring information, interior work continues. Representatives did not respond to inquiries from The Sentinel by print deadline.