Free burgers for a year to first customers

Columbia's original McDonald's Restaurant at 205 Business Loop will reopen on Thursday and will offer its first customers a big prize. The building went through a complete renovation and was rebuilt from the ground up. It reopens at 5am Thursday.

The company's marketing agency says the store will offer the first 75 guests who make a purchase free Big Mac® sandwiches or free Egg McMuffin® sandwiches for a year. (Some restrictions apply. See store for details.)

On November 8th, customers will receive a free liter of Coke with the purchase of any Extra Value Meal while supplies last.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with Chamber Ambassadors and community leaders on November 14th, as well as a check presentation to Ronald McDonald House Charities®.

The Business Loop McDonald's location was handpicked by Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's Corporation. He built the chain into the most successful quick service food and beverage operation in the world. The store, the 171st in the system, was opened in 1959 by owner/operator Leonard J. Scheffler. His granddaughter, Laura, and her husband, Mike Morgan, of Columbia currently own and operate the restaurant.

In a news release, the marketing agency says the new restaurant will include the latest technology, customer-friendly services such as free Wi-Fi and several plug-in stations for laptops. It will also have side-by-side drive through, digital menu displays, digital ordering screens and a dual-point ordering system.