DUNCANSVILLE - Meadows Original Frozen Custard will soon have a new but similar look.
Demolition crews Friday took down the original Meadows building - built in 1950. A portion of a building behind the
former custard stand also is being demolished.
Construction of a new larger custard stand soon will begin.
When PennDOT completed a redesign of the Meadows intersection about 10 years ago, the Meadows lost about 18 feet of parking along old Route 220, partner Joe Meadows said.
The new 2,500-square-foot building - the old building was 1,500 square feet - will be located about 20 feet behind where the old building was located and also will include a drive through.
"We spent a lot of time designing this. Once they look at it, the old-timers will see it looks a lot like the original building built in 1950," Meadows said. "We are keeping the nostalgic look, but we will have more parking in front. We will put a drive through around the back of the building."
The drive through will be important.
"We now have 26 stores, and we have found that 40 to 60 percent of the business is done through drive throughs. It is a sign of the times," Meadows said.
The miniature golf course, batting cages and the yard with the
adirondack chairs will stay.
"The major difference is this will give us another row of parking along Old Route 220, 14 or 15 spaces," Meadows said.
The custard stand closed Nov. 1, the first time it has closed in about 25 years.
"We hope to open in mid-February barring any blizzards. It is a tough time of the year to build, but it is our only window. We have to do it now," Meadows said.
Lou Ventura is the general contractor for the more than $500,000 project, Meadows said.