Fast-food giant McDonald's is building its eighth* location in Tacoma, in front of the city's first Walmart store.
A building permit from the City of Tacoma shows the Illinois-based restaurant plans to build a 4,656-square-foot restaurant with a drive-through at 1975 S. Union Ave.
Crews worked on the foundation of the store in the drizzle Friday morning. The permit was issued in early September.
The permit indicates the store will be corporate-owned, like the one on 38th Street near the Tacoma Mall, the one on 72nd Street and the one on North Pearl Street. Tacoma's four other McDonald's -- in downtown Tacoma, on Center Street, on Sixth Avenue and on Steele Street -- are operated by franchisees.
I've asked McDonald's for comment on more details about the store, including employment figures and an opening date. I'll update this post as news develops.
This week, McDonald's Corp. forecast flat sales in the months to come. The $95 billion company also was in the news for allegedly advising one of its employees to sign up for food stamps and other government aid when the worker called to ask for help making ends meet.
McDonald's is one of many fast-food companies feeling some heat from worker's rights advocates for paying no more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Washington state's minimum wage, at $9.19 cents an hour, is higher. Workers rallied in Seattle in late August as part of a national protest for higher, living wages.
*Note: Earlier versions of this story indicated the new location would be the sixth, or the seventh. The errors were based on my failure to note there were two pages of the corporate map.