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   McDonald's Re-Opens...Market Basket Poised To Open Next Week

On a bright, sunny, last day of May, customers and crew at the Sagamore McDonald's cut the ribbon.

Business is booming in Sagamore, as two powerhouse businesses open or resume operation. These businesses provide jobs and services to the local economy, and (almost) everyone is glad to see them here.

For starters, we have the Market Basket opening on June 19th. She's the first exit eastbound off the Sagamore Bridge, or the last exit westbound. MB is known for low-low prices, and folks will be flocking like nylon stocking when they open up.

There should be a ripple effect as the other stores (especially Cedarville Shaw's and the Wareham/Sandwich Stop 'n Shops) that will result in lower prices all around... or, as is often the case, store closings and layoffs. Wareham's Wal-Mart is fleeing westward as we speak.

A friend of mine is working for MB, and she's training in New Bedford's MB as I write this. Hopefully, MB will do well, and no one will suffer more than they can afford to.

Another big opening is the Sagamore McDonald's. They've been there forever, but business fell off mightily after Governor Romney wiped out the rotary. McD's always does well, however...even in a depression... so they built a modern one.

I don't go to McD's very often... my last trip there was in 1992 or so. However, they do have a bank-like double drive thru, to better accommodate big lines. I think they have a cool new digital soda machine... to be honest, I sent Stephen in for the pics.

No expense was spared to make the grand opening a gala event. Ronald McDonald himself was there, shaking hands and so forth. Ronald is actually the only clown I'm not irrationally afraid of. He'd be better served showing up at a time when all the kids aren't at school, but McDonald's makes more money than I do, so I'll assume they know what's best.

They also had a Coast Guard color guard, the Plymouth South Middle School marching band, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and- my favorite- a ridiculously talented kid (Rachel Mehmel) from Sandwich High School who specializes in making cakes that resemble giant McDonald's menu items. I saw a cheeseburger that would have made a fine spare tire for my Volvo, and she had McNuggets, fries, coffee and other cakes.

So, the next time you get stuck in that nasty traffic... stop by one of our new businesses. Tourists... be sure to shop at Market Basket, as they have the best prices for 25-50 miles. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on