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McDonald's coming to Waddy

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By Lisa King

McDonald's has plans to open a store in Waddy this spring, company officials said.

Jim Frans, director of operations for McDonald's in Shelbyville, said that a new location is expected to open at a new truck stop coming to Waddy.

Love's Truck Stop will be located just off the Interstate 64 and is expected to open sometime between March and June, Frans said.

"The weather will be the determining factor," he said.

Frans said the McDonald's will employ from 40 to 50 people, and that hiring for managers will begin in March.

"We like to hire managers who live in the county," he said.

Frans said that the store's owner, Rick Peter, is a Shelby County resident and has had McDonald's restaurants for 35 year and that he has worked for him for 25 years.

The McDonald's in Waddy will make the fifth location for Peter. In addition to the two stores in Shelbyville, he has one in Shepherdsville and one in Taylorsville.

McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 31,000 restaurants serving more than 58 million people in 118 countries each day. More than 75 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women.

The Waddy McDonald's will be a new concept for Peter, Frans said.

"We've never had a McDonald's in a truck stop before, so we are very excited," he said.

The truck stop also would contain a Subway restaurant, Frans said.