BANGOR, Maine — The Wendy’s restaurant on Bangor Mall Boulevard will be torn down next week to make room for a modernized replacement.
The restaurant, Bangor’s first Wendy’s, opened in the late 1970s and is showing its age, according to Jeff Marshall, director of operations for Restwend LLC, which owns 15 Maine Wendy’s locations.
“It will have a much fresher, snappier look,” Marshall said.
The restaurant’s 23 employees have been reassigned to other locations in the area until construction is completed in early December. Some will be sent to newer stores in southern Maine or Massachusetts to learn how some of the newer equipment in modern restaurants operates, Marshall said.
“It’s going to make producing the product just so much easier,” he said. “It will be better for both our customers and employees.”
Marshall declined to say how much the project would cost, saying only that “they’re not cheap.”
This demolition and rebuild is the second in that area of the city this year. The Hogan Road McDonald’s underwent a similar transformation, reopening in July.
Plans originally called for both the Wendy’s and McDonald’s to be demolished this past spring, but Wendy’s decided to wait because of a delay in permitting the project and to avoid having both restaurants go down at the same time.
Marshall said there aren’t any immediate plans to upgrade other restaurants in the area, but that the Union Street Wendy’s is in need of a renovation or replacement in the near future.