Spending gold on the arches McDonalds spruces up

first_imgFamous for its no-frills, budget-priced dining, McDonald’s will spend nearly $3 million to bring a new upscale look to Vancouver.The chain’s Mill Plain Boulevard restaurant is in the midst of a major face lift, with a price tag of nearly $1million, according to husband-and-wife franchise owners Matt and Val Hadwin of Vancouver-based North Star Restaurants Inc. Set to be finished in February, the work will freshen up the building’s tired exterior, increase its drive-through lanes and add to the comfort level of interior dining with new furnishings and a state-of-the-art ordering system.“Basically, we’re keeping the shell and the kitchen. It’s a total renovation,” said Matt Hadwin, who co-owns 15 regional McDonald’s stores, including a Vancouver restaurant that was destroyed by a July 28 fire.That restaurant’s former site at Fort Vancouver Way and Fourth Plain Boulevard is slated for an early 2011 construction start on rebuilding the more than $2 million restaurant. “That store will open at the end of April,” he said. The restaurant originally opened in 1996. It went up in flames after a drive-through customer’s car fire spread.Most of the cost will be covered by insurance, Hadwin said.Long-term reinvestmentRenovation costs for the Mill Plain McDonald’s will be shared by the Hadwins’ company and by Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s Corp., as part of the parent company’s long-term reinvestment program, Hadwin said.last_img read more