STOW — The rebuilding of the Wendy’s restaurant destroyed by fire last January will likely be completed by early September, according to its franchisee, 

Zane Gross, the owner of the Wendy’s restaurant located at 1051 Graham Road, said crews broke ground in early June and construction work is ahead of schedule. He said everything is now under-roof.

"Things are really starting to move fast now," Gross said by phone on Monday morning. "They are there today measuring for the windows and the electrician is about 90 percent done with the rough-in for running the wiring."

He said the restaurant will likely be open by Labor Day (Sept. 3).

Gross said it will have a larger kitchen and smaller dining room than the original building. He said there will be less tables and chairs inside than before because more customers are using the drive-through than they did in 1983 when the original building was built.

The kitchen will have the latest equipment including a two-sided grill that cooks the burgers twice as fast as before, he said, and there will also be touch-screen kiosks for faster service. Gross said this Wendy’s will be a twin to the one that opened in Streetsboro last December.

Reporter Steve Wiandt, can be reached at 330-541-9420, swiandt@recordpub.com or @SteveWiandt_RPC.