The newest McDonald's opened earlier this week in southern Tracy, and so far, business at the eatery has been booming.

Manager Carl Austin said customers have flocked to the restaurant at the southeast corner of Tracy Blvd and Valpico Rd.  Since the store officially opened Tuesday, July 6, visitors have consistently told him the same thing: that the McDonald's is a welcome addition to the area.

"It's been outstanding," Austin said of the turnout so far.  "I think the neighborhood's wanted this."

The McDonald's is decorated in a distinctly modern theme, with clean lines and soft colors.  There's also a planted patio area that supplements the eatery's 72-person capacity.

Austin said the other McDonald's restaurants in Tracy- which he also manages- have recently undergone renovations.  A resident of Tracy since 1972 and an employee in the company for 37 years, Austin said he and the other 68 full-and part-time workers at the new McDonald's aim to integrate into the neighborhood and city.

"We basically just want to be part of the community," he said.

Staff, TP. "Tracy Press - Biz Buzz McDonald S Welcomed in Southern Tracy." Tracy Press - News, Events, Classifieds and Businesses in Tracy, Calif. 08 July 2010. Web. 12 July 2010. http://www.tracypress.com/view/full_story/8614529/article-Biz-Buzz--McDonald-s-welcomed-in-southern-Tracy?instance=home_news_bullets.