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McDonald’s to invest $69 million in Arkansas to Remodel Stores

The Scoop:

Mcdonalds announced plans to invest 69 Million in 100 of its more than 170 restaurants in Arkansas. Which is part of its $6 Billion plan to modernize its restaurants

The Story:

McDonald’s on Tuesday (Aug. 14) announced plans to invest $69 million in 100 of the more than 170 restaurants in Arkansas by 2019. The work is part of a $6 billion plan to modernize many U.S. McDonald’s restaurants by 2020.

Work on the Arkansas stores is set to begin this year. David Stokes, a Cabot-based franchisee, said the work will use local professional services and help the state’s construction industry.

This is an exciting time for McDonald’s and we’re proud to be investing nearly $69 Million to provide a new experience, look and feel for guests at 100 McDonald’s locations across Arkansas.. We are also pleased that our modernization supports local architecture, engineering and construction jobs across the great state of Arkansas.- Stokes, who operates restaurants in Bald Knob, Beebe, Cabot, El Paso, Greenbrier, Searcy, and Vilonia.

According to the statement on the investment from Little Rock-based Ghidotti Communications, the renovations will include the following:
• Modernized dining rooms with globally and locally inspired décor, new furniture and refreshed exterior design;
• Digital self-order kiosks;
• Remodeled counters allow for new table service that offers guests the opportunity to relax while their food is being made;
• Bright and easy to read digital menu boards inside and at the drive through;
• New designated parking spots for curbside pick-up through mobile order and pay; and
• Expanded McCafé counters and larger display cases.

To answer your question about whether jobs will be lost due to the self-order kiosks, that will not happen. We will always have an important human element at our restaurants since that is what brings the service experience to life. In order to deliver a better experience, we anticipate that restaurants will train and hire new restaurant hospitality employees over the next few years. Gattin, Account Executive .

Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, stated the renovation work will help the state’s economy.

McDonald’s has more than 37,000 locations in over 100 countries, with more than 90% of restaurants worldwide owned and operated by independent local business men and women. For the first six months of 2018, the company posted net income of $2.871 billion, better than the $2.609 billion in the same period of 2017. Total revenue in the first six months was $10.492 billion, down 11% compared to the $11.725 billion in the same period of 2017.

 

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