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McDonald's to invest $104M in updating Maryland restaurants

McDonald's plans to invest about $104 million in updating its Maryland locations. Pictured is a restaurant in North Carolina.
McDonald's plans to invest about $104 million in updating its Maryland locations. Pictured is a restaurant in North Carolina. (Lauren Mann / Courtesy of McDonald's)

McDonald’s plans to invest about $104 million to update most of its Maryland locations during the next year.

The fast-food chain plans to redesign about 135 Maryland eateries in 2018 and 2019. The improvements are part of a $6 billion plan by the company to improve most of its U.S. restaurants by 2020.

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The physical updates will include redesigned dining rooms with globally and locally inspired decor, new furniture and fresh exteriors. The restaurants will feature digital menus, as well as self-order kiosks that will allow customers to personalize their orders.

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The restaurants also will incorporate remodeled counters and a new customer service model that incorporates table service, plus expanded McCafe counters. Outside, the eateries will offer parking spaces for mobile customers.

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Funding will come from both the Chicago-based company and franchisees.

A Maryland-area franchisee could not be reached for comment.

The physical updates come as McDonald’s works to keep pace with a customer base that increasingly looks for new modes of convenience in dining. The renovations come shortly after the company began offering delivery through UberEats.

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