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McDonald’s building new drive-through restaurant near GU

McDonald’s Corp. will open a new restaurant this summer on property it purchased near Gonzaga University in north Spokane.

 

The Oak Brook, Ill., company bought two lots on the southwest corner of Augusta Avenue and Hamilton Street. It’s taking the corner lot last used by an oil lube business and a next-door residence, which will be torn down.

 

The restaurant, due to open in July, will be roughly 3,700 square feet with a two-lane drive through.

 

The company paid $170,000 for the residence at 818 E. Augusta, and $475,000 for the lube business property, at 826 E. Augusta. (Photo here is of the quick lube shop, from the Spokane County Assessor's page.)

 

Jeff Ottmar of Cornerstone Property Advisors represented McDonald’s. Steve Peterson of Coldwell Banker represented the property owners.

Swami says: You can’t go wrong with gift cards from Walmart, Target, McDonald’s

Holiday Gift Cards, anew.  We posted yesterday about federal efforts to eliminate expiration dates on gift cards.

Today, we list the top 20 favorite gift cards, by retailer. This list comes by way of GiftCardRescue.

You can see the list yourself in this graphic, from GiftCardRescue.

The website, which sells gift cards, said it's conducted surveys over the past five years to arrive at this list.

It said it relied on roughly 20,000 gift card wish lists to produce this listing.

On top this year is Wal-Mart, followed by Target, McDonald’s, Amazon.com and Home Depot.

“What has been remarkable to watch is the steady rise of McDonald’s gift cards in the rankings over the last few years to claim the No. 3 spot in 2012,” says Kwame Kuadey, CEO of GiftCardRescue.com. “Other than that, the top five most wanted gift cards have remained consistent.”

Thank you, 14Four. Improved sobriety test protects you from reckless tweets

The Step 2 tagline on the online version of the Social Media Sobriety Test sums it up:

“Choose your hours of intoxication.”

About a year ago the coders who work at Spokane creative agency 14Four had fun making a “social media sobriety kit” that kept people from posting drunken comments on sites like Facebook or Twitter.

The test was just upgraded by 14Four with a holiday theme.  As the new version gains blog and broadcast notoriety, those at 14Four who've worked on the sobriety test project say it's been a great showcase of their talents and skills.

In the world of advertising and creative marketing, half the battle is winning eyeballs. And that has clearly happened with the sobriety test, said Jeff Oswalt, 14Four’s president.

Last year’s version involved just a web browser tool that set time limits when one could post messages or photos. The tests themselves were simple: follow a moving object onscreen with a mouse or type the alphabet backwards.

The new version comes with holiday-themed warnings, such as: “Before you hand out copies of your backside or tell your in-laws how you really feel, download the Holiday Party Sobriety Test and protect yourself, from yourself.”

It also added mobile versions for Android and iPhone; you can download the free sobriety app from iTunes.

Where the buffalo roam: A U.S. map of the McDonald’s footprint

Today's infographic comes by way of Stephen Von Worley, an American guy who has a lovely website called Datapointed.net. The site is a festive use of visualizations to explain or track social and historical stuff.

Von Worley went to some trouble looking for a way to display the near-total presence of McDonald's in the United States. Using help from a site called AggData, the map here is his attempt to visualize the broad swath that is Mickey Dee's.

Each bright spot is a location with one or more McDonald's. 

Subway surpasses McDonald’s for fast-food supremacy

This is fast news. Sandwich-maker Subway has surpassed McDonald's for the most franchises.

The green-and-yellow store now has 34,000 stores worldwide, compared to about 32,000 golden arches stores.

Subway's, you may not know, spent its younger years growing up in Canada. It started, in 1986, in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada.

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