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Popular fast-food restaurant being demolished to make way for new parking garage

Popular fast-food restaurant being demolished to make way for new parking garage

Sav McKee

There will soon be one less spot to grab some fries and a Coke while waiting to pick up a beloved one from the airport.

The McDonalds located at 4250 International Gateway near John Glenn International Airport is being demolished this fall to make way for a brand-new parking facility, said Kristen Easterday, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at John Glenn International Airport.

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This demolition is part of the process for the $2 billion new terminal project, expected to break ground in 2025. The parking garage will feature approximately 5,000 parking spaces, including 100 new EV charging stations. “The facility will be even more convenient for customers as it will connect with the new Rental Car Facility and the new terminal by pedestrian bridge,” said Columbus Regional Airport Authority’s media team. 

The entire terminal is projected to open in 2029, marking the 100th anniversary of John Glenn International Airport.


“It’s a huge step forward,” emphasized Easterday. “I think the whole community is excited for this expansion. It will change the community.”

While there will no longer be a McDonald’s on the corner to greet you after a flight, Easterday said they’re exploring new concessionaires and hoping the existing ones will be interested in coming to the new terminal. And just maybe, just maybe, this will include a McDonald’s.

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