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Ashland McDonald's turns 50

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 07:22 AM

ASHLAND, Ky. — The McDonald’s on Winchester Avenue in Ashland is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of events and food specials this week.

Thursday, Jan. 31, is Family Night with a visit from Ronald McDonald from 5 to 7 p.m. Customers can enjoy a free Happy Meal with purchase of any Extra Value Meal.

The restaurant has specials planned for Thursday as well as free cake from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a free meal for every 50th customer between these times: 7 to 9 a.m., 12 to 2 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. Customers also can register to win gift cards and free food products.

The original owner was Jim Wolf, and the current owner is his brother, Tom Wolf. The original restaurant was the 491st McDonald’s restaurant opened in the United States, and was the first in the Tri-State area, according to a release from McDonald’s. Jim Wolf and father Earnest opened the business after moving their family from Fairlawn, N.J., to Ashland in 1963. Earnest had sold a scrap metal business and egg processing business to pay the $35,000 McDonald’s start-up fee.

Tom Wolf became a part of the family business in 1974 and now owns 14 McDonald’s franchises in the Ashland-Huntington area.

FOODFAIR: A “Coming soon: Food Fair” sign is in the window at the former Big Bear supermarket location in Ceredo Plaza.

The store has been vacant for about a decade, after its parent company, Penn Traffic, sold all 67 stores in the chain after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That included four Big Bear stores in Cabell and Wayne counties.

Food Fair quickly moved into the former Big Bear located at 1st Street in Huntington. It was reported in 2004 that a property management group from Dublin, Ohio, bought the Big Bear location in the Ceredo Plaza for another grocery store, but that never came to fruition.

Forth Foods management, which operates Food Fair stores, could not be reached for comment about when the new store will open.

ANGIE’S CAKES & CANDIES: Mary Black at Angie’s Cakes & Candies wants to give a shout-out to Proctorville and the entire Tri-State community to say that the cake shop is still open and operating as usual.

There has been confusion since the fall, when Angie Trent retired after 32 years of running the business. But the Angie’s Cakes business has stayed open under the ownership of Jack and Pammie Hunt. The shop has the same name, the same employees, the same phone number at 740-886-6646, and same address at 302 Wilgus St., Proctorville.

“We get phone calls every day from people asking when we’re opening back up,” Black said. “We’ve been open the whole time.”

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.



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