McDonald's opens doors in Vermillion A worker attaches the golden arches of the new McDonald's restaurant in Vermillion in a place that's impossible not to notice. The trademark sits atop a pole that is approximately 65 feet high. The top of the golden "M" is 85 feet above the ground. by David Lias Vermillion citizens are discovering that patience offers unique rewards.
For years, they have awaited the opening of the Newcastle/Vermillion Bridge. Citizens of both Vermillion and Nebraska will formally celebrate that event Saturday.
For much of this summer, Vermillion citizens also have watched construction crews make quick work of building a new McDonald's restaurant here at the corner of Cherry and Dakota Streets.
That work is now complete. The new restaurant opened its doors and sold its first burger here today.
Keith Petrie, the restaurant's owner, said it's apparent that
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people in the region are excited about the new business in Vermillion.
The sign itself, which towers over all others along Cherry Street, has become a regular topic of conversation.
"McDonald's restaurants are known for their quality, service, cleanliness and value," Petrie said. "We plan not only to maintain those standards of operation, but to become involved in the community as a good neighbor and friend."
Petrie and his wife, Kathy, operate seven McDonald's restaurants in Sioux City, South Sioux City and North Sioux City. They have lived in the area for 17 years and have been affiliated with McDonald's for over 30 years.
Greg Paquette has been named the Vermillion restaurant's manager. Paquette and his family live in Vermillion.
McDonald's is the world's leading food service retailer, with more than 29,000 restaurants serving 45 million customers each day in 121 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women.