Thursday, February 7, 2019

Wildwood McDonald's to be demolished, replaced by new model

As reported by our friends at Watch the Tramcar Please, the McDonald's at Rio Grande & Park Avenues in Wildwood will soon be closed and demolished, then replaced by a new model.

The successive restaurant is expected to be completed and open by late Spring.

The news comes as no surprise, as McDonald's locations around the country have been remodeled or completely replaced by showier, more spacious and practical versions in recent years. The current building likely dates to the late 1970's/early 80's.

We're still waiting to see renderings of the proposed replacement, but word is that the building will prominently feature "Doo Wop" design elements, representative of the Wildwoods' unique historical character.

The neighboring Walgreen's and TD Bank both boast signage in this whimsical style. The landmark Wawa store two blocks to the west (at the base of the George Redding Bridge) is arguably the island's best example of "Neo Doo Wop" form, completely decked out in neon, chrome, wavy lines and bright colors evocative of the 1950's and 60's.

This is the only McDonald's in the Wildwoods, though there have been as many as three in operation at time in the past, and four overall.

Previous locations included two on the Boardwalk - on Mariner's Landing at the building that is now Jumbo's in the 1980's and a retro-themed eatery that was part of the Strand Theatre complex (2900 block) in the early 2000's.

A seasonal McDonald's along the North Wildwood entrance boulevard (130 W. Spruce Avenue) operated from 1982 to 2016. After it was demolished in March 2018, the lot was approved for duplexes and one commercial building.

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