Cleveland Avenue in East Point just got a major makeover.
With the Chick-fil-A and major hospital already in place, and the downtown area just another mile up the street, the Cleveland Avenue corridor got another welcome upgrade with the grand opening of the McDonald’s franchise in the suburban city that straddles the southern edge of Atlanta.
The opening of the famous food franchise is fortuitous. It closely follows the construction of a Walmart store just behind it and also follows the closing of a notorious strip club across the street.
“It’s been a long time coming, to see some growth and revitalization in this area,” said East Point Mayor Jannquell Peters. “And we’re happy to have the new McDonald’s franchise here.”
The McDonald’s store’s ballyhooed grand opening was replete with a band, local dignitaries, families and included prizes and giveaways and dozens of community children who took turns getting their pictures taken with Ronald McDonald.
“It was an opportunity for families to come out and spend time outside and inside, with a little bit of singing, a little bit of dancing,” Peters added, before turning her attention to back to Cleveland Avenue business district. “This means everything for this (Cleveland) corridor. We haven’t had this type of growth in this area for quite a long time. This is good to see.”
Take a look at some of the photographic highlights from the McDonald’s grand opening on Cleveland Avenue.