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McDonald’s announces plans to spend $120 million on upgrades in Arizona

Employees stand in McDonald's Chicago flagship restaurant Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. McDonald's unveiled the new look of their flagship restaurant on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

PHOENIX — McDonald’s announced a plan to spend about $120 million to renovate 200 of its Arizona locations.

Both the interior and exterior will be modernized, said Chris Carney, the owner and operator of some McDonald’s locations in the Phoenix area.

On the inside, the eating area will get globally- and locally-inspired decor and new furniture, according to a press release on Marketwatch.

The McCafe counters and display cases will be larger.

Carney said the “modernized” dining room will have new furniture.

“(It’ll) be more comfortable and encourage the guest to relax and enjoy their meals,” he said.

New self-order kiosks will be available. Along with giving customers a different way to order, the do-it-yourself machines are thought to give guests a chance to look through the menu without holding up the line, Carney said.

Additionally, there will be table service.

On the outside, there will be “refreshed exterior designs,” digital menu boards and new parking spots for curbside pick-ups for customers that ordered and paid by mobile phone, the press release said.

In addition to the mobile ordering capabilities, McDonald’s has introduced “McDelivery” with Uber Eats at 5,000 restaurants in the United States.

In all, McDonald’s is spending $6 billion to upgrade most of its U.S. locations by 2020.

“We think this reinvestment in our restaurants is going to be great for our communities that we live in as well,” Carney said. “(We) are proud to support the local architecture, engineering and construction jobs across Arizona.”

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