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Oakhurst McDonald's gets a makeover - photo George Lurie

Oakhurst McDonald’s Hosts Grand Re-Opening June 1

OAKHURST — McDonald’s is getting a McMakeover — and one of the biggest changes under Oakhurst’s golden arches is double drive-thru lanes.

With interior and exterior renovation work at the popular fast food outlet nearly complete, the restaurant will hold its official “Grand Re-opening Celebration” on June 1, according to Stephanie Chan, a spokesperson for the company. The lobby closed in mid-March as the remodeling work got underway.

Jim Abbate, the owner of the Oakhurst franchise, has updated the dining room and lobby as well as creating the new double drive-thru lanes. The restaurant’s exterior and landscaping are also brand new and include a state-of-the-art outdoor digital menu board.

In August of last year, McDonald’s corporate headquarters announced a $6 billion plan to modernize its 15,000 restaurants worldwide. The makeover is part of recent push to update the company’s global image and transform the customer experience.

The addition of digital self-order kiosks are among the biggest changes coming to Oakhurst’s Mickey D’s.

Chan said McDonald’s iconic “cafeteria look” is being replaced with what the company is calling “the experience of the future.”

“We’ve incorporated technology at your fingertips so we can focus on creating a more convenient and enjoyable experience,” said a corporate press release posted several weeks ago on the company’s website.

As part of the update, McDonald’s has created new positions called Guest Experience Leaders. “They’ll answer your questions, guide you through the ordering process and offer recommendations based on what you like,” the release stated.

Chan said that because franchisees know their guests best, the company is letting them “customize their remodel. From the layout to the furniture material, each update is specifically chosen to best serve the needs of the surrounding community.”

The Grand Re-opening event – scheduled for June 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 pm – will include prize giveaways, free food, face painting and a raffle for gift cards, a flat screen TV and children’s bicycles.

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