By Barb Pert Templeton
Recent exterior renovations to the McDonald’s Restaurant located at 700 Pointe Tremble Road in Algonac prompted the city council to present the restaurant with a beautification award.
Mayor Terry Stoneburner read a letter of recognition into the Algonac City Council record during a regular meeting on March 1. It stated that the city wanted to formally recognize the efforts of the Schulz family and Dieter Schulz, owner of the Algonac location and a fourth-generation owner-operator of the store.
The letter further stated that the Schulz family opened their first McDonald’s location in Port Huron in 1961 and now owns some 19 locations in both Macomb and St. Clair counties. The Algonac location was opened in 1989 and has remained a staple in the community “the golden arches that everybody knows and loves offer a symbol of comfort and home” the proclamation read.
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Noting the impact the pandemic has had on businesses across the state, the city wrote that they were grateful that McDonald’s stayed with them. “They remain an essential part of the community offering job and scholarship opportunities for local students,” it read.
Councilman Corey Blair then stepped from behind the council table to present the award to two Algonac McDonald’s employees.
“To McDonald’s for Supporting the City of Algonac and its residents for over 30 years and you continue to make improvements to the restaurant that makes our city a better place to live, your slogan “I’m Lovin’ It” makes us say “We’re Lovin’ It.” We’re proud to have you in our city,” Blair said.
McDonald’s Customer Service Representative Ann Baker accepted the award and said McDonald’s is a great place to work and she has been in their employment for 45 years now.
“I encourage any children that are of age to apply,” Baker said. “They help with school, with college and helped with both of my girls going to college through scholarship awards that were very much appreciated and, in my opinion, I work for the vest family in the world.”
Mayor Terry Stoneburner said she’s known the Schutz family since the 90s and said they are very generous and really take care of their employees.
Councilman Ray Martin said times have been tough for businesses so he appreciates the Schulz family’s continued support of the community.
“It hasn’t been easy and we appreciate them,” Martin said.
The Algonac McDonald’s is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.