Saturday, May 13, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The Bellwood McDonald’s, located at 520 S. 25th Ave., will undergo a major image overhaul this year, according to the store’s owner, Ray Nelson.
At a business roundtable event convened by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) at Loyola in March, Nelson said that the store remodeling will cost around $1 million. While he didn’t discuss many details of the remodeling, Nelson said that the location has been hard hit by the closure of businesses nearby.
“When we opened 20 years ago, [the Bellwood location] was doing great, but since then a lot of the factories in the area have left and our business has decreased by about 25 percent,” said Nelson, who owns five McDonald’s in Boykin’s district. “So, to bring in more people with good-paying jobs will help me.”
Referencing Cook County’s minimum wage increase, Nelson said that he’s all for paying hi employees more, “but I need an increase in cash flow.”
At a breakfast hosted by the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce, newly elected Bellwood mayor Andre Harvey said that he’s working to encourage businesses to move within his village’s high-traffic commercial arteries, such as St. Charles Road, 25th Avenue and Mannheim Road.
“They’re going to make the McDonald’s new from the ground up and make it bigger somewhat,” Harvey said. “We are fighting to fill [Washington Square Mall] and to bring in new businesses.
Harvey, who said that the Bellwood McDonald’s is one of the busiest in the western suburbs, said that other businesses are already in development, including a Thornton’s gas station he projected will generate around $300,000 in revenue to the village.
“We want to keep Bellwood residents’ taxes as flat as possible,” Harvey said. “I already told my team, I don’t want to raise taxes. I can’t raise taxes. That’s not what we want to do. We don’t want to get run out of town already.”
Maywood Swears In New Board on May 16
Newly elected and reelected members of the Maywood Board of Trustees will be sworn in during a regular board meeting on Tuesday, May 16. Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Trustee Melvin Lightford, trustee-elects Kimyada Wellington and Anthony Sanchez, and Village Clerk Viola Mims will receive their oaths of office.
According to the meeting agenda, numerous area pastors, including Rev. Marvin Wiley, pastor of Rock of Ages Baptist Church, will be allowed one-minute each during the invocation.