New McDonalds: management aims to improve operations | Way of life

ATLANTIC — Officials at Leonard Management – the owners of Atlantic McDonalds – are operating on a tight schedule, with plans to completely demolish their current building and be operational by the end of July.

Blake Zogleman said the new McDonalds will include kitchen upgrades as well as changes intended to serve customers faster.

The new building will look different, “More like the new stores in Omaha,” he said. A photo of the new exterior included light gray stone with McDonalds yellow trim.

In the parking lot, a second lane will be added to speed up drive-thru ordering to help them serve customers faster, Zogleman said.

Inside, the kitchen will be updated with new state-of-the-art equipment.

Zogleman is one of three owners of the franchise, which is a family business started by Steve Leonard.

Leonard opened his first restaurant in 1991 and today works with his son and son-in-law, Nate Leonard and Zogelman.

Nate Leonard helped out at his father’s restaurants when he was younger, after school and on weekends. He officially got involved with McDonalds in 2011 and held all positions until becoming General Manager.

Blake Zogleman was interested in being part of the family business and started working for Leonard Management in 2010, and started as a team member working his way up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming General Manager and Supervisor, Director operations.

Zogleman said the family started with a restaurant in the Missouri Valley and believed the Atlantic store had been around for about 30 years.

Leonard Management has McDonalds locations in four states, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. In Iowa, they have a location in Shelby, as well as the original Missouri and Atlantic Valley store.

He said many Atlantic store employees have been part of the McDonalds organization since its beginnings in 2013 and more. He said the management team had found places for its employees at other McDonalds – such as one at Shelby for example – during the renovations.

“We are looking at keeping these people, as well as adding more,” Zogleman said, adding that he was looking forward to seeing the new store. “We plan to improve our operation, making it easier for people to come in and get their Big Macs.”

“Atlantic is a great city, and we’re happy to be a part of it,” Zogleman said.

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