BLOOMINGTON — The Twin Cities’ newest McDonald’s restaurant is open and is sponsoring daily drawings Oct. 1-13.

The restaurant opened its doors Thursday at 3102 E. Empire St., Bloomington, across from the Central Illinois Regional Airport. Customers can enter to win a daily drawing for a $25 gift card and two bigger drawings for televisions, iPads and trips to Florida.

The new restaurant is the eighth location for the chain in the Bloomington-Normal area for owners Bob and Julie Dobski of Bloomington. They also operate restaurants in McLean and Gibson City. 

(17) comments

MRK
MRK

8 of them. Seriously. Why.

ChubbyAlaskaGriz
ChubbyAlaskaGriz

And long lines at every one.

Did you really just imply that a company like McDonald's would over-staurate a particular market and risk poor profits and eventual shut-down? Really?

Machrophobic
Machrophobic

A McDonalds franchise costs a fortune to open. The company does the demographics studies and finds the best locations based on traffic, access, etc. They are and have been the best at these things. That's why you see other companies build up around their locations. The competition know how well they do this and takes advantage of their expertise.

thoughts a million
thoughts a million

MRK, you must really be a depressed soul. Across a wide range of comments, you never seem to find anything positive to comment on.

RoyP
RoyP

prbaby bear
why not

Number 10
Number 10

Because they can! This couple does a lot for the community and guess what they create jobs for many young people getting started in the workforce. Hope that answered your question.

Pist'L Packin' Mama
Pist'L Packin' Mama

You're correct in stating they create jobs. What they need to do is teach those working for them to (1) listen to the customer's orders (2) provide a complete order on the trays/in the bags they give to customers so additional trips to the counter or back into the drive thru lane are not necessary (3) know how to provide the correct change to customers (4) not provide change in the smallest denominations, i.e. receiving twenty pennies in lieu of two dimes or four nickels or two of each. These are just a couple of reasons I know go to Culvers; Smashburgers; Steak n Shake.

DT Resident
DT Resident

Agreed. I stopped eating at any McDonalds in town over a year ago cause the customer service & food quality was so poor no matter which one I went to. Last night my husband and I ordered through the drive thru at the one on College. They gave us the wrong drinks, our fries were the wrong size, no sauce w/ the nuggets and both cheeseburgers had onions despite the fact the little paper was attached saying 'no onions.' Also the meat tasted like it had been sitting on the warming tray for hours. I'll keep taking my business to places where they actually make things to order, not keep in a warming tray and 'put it together' when ordered. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the Dobski's do so much for the community but maybe they are stretched too thin to ensure their stores are following McDonald's Corp guidelines.

over50
over50

I hope they find it feasible to open another one. The Dobski's are a great asset to our community

earlyriser54
earlyriser54

I am curious why no one else has the opportunity to own and operate a McDonalds franchise. I kinow several area business owners who have applied but have been turned down. It seems the Dobskis have the area market conrered. I also noticed that special promos offered at other area McDonalds are seldom offered with Dobski Mcdonalds. I guess it pays to have a monopoly.

ct
ct

franchise rights are typically sold by territory

the company gets a hefty fee for insuring no competition making the franchisee's investment worthwhile

thoughts a million
thoughts a million

McD's Corporate offices know a good thing when they have it.

Crybaby
Crybaby

i hope the Dobski's open 100 more McDonald's in BloNo. Mine is purely a sporting interest. As such, I also am bettin' that McDonald's Corporate, with a great eye for the openings, knows a 'happy with crappy' captive audience of discriminating diners when they see it.

lneck72
lneck72

Most importantly, what are the hours at this McDonald's?

yathink
yathink

The people that came in and did the demographics for that location were pretty funny. They were asking the managers and crew what are some cross streets in Bloomington so they could hurry up and get the quota and be done with it. They were there for at least a week. The reason why your food is always messed up is because you have a bunch of people that work in the grill area that can't understand english very well. McDonalds does a lot for the community and happy to see them succeed. It would have been nice to see them fix a lot of the stuff that was broken in the store. They spent tons of money making the outside look nice but the equipment was still broken and the workers that are already doing the job of two people has even a harder time when you have to stop and try to get the equipment to work.

Click here to delete
Click here to delete

i dont know why we need another mcdonalds so close to another mcdonalds on this side of town. what about the competition. what we need is a diffeernt restaurant like arbys or avvantis. just say no to burgers.

Nickyle
Nickyle

Feel free to open whatever restaurant you'd like to have there.

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