New and improved McDonald’s in Athol

  • This photo provided by McDonald’s shows, from left to right: McDonald’s Mac Jr., Big Mac and Grand Mac. McDonald’s is testing bigger and smaller versions of its Big Mac as the world’s biggest hamburger chain pushes to revive its business. The company says it's testing the Grand Mac and Mac Jr. in the central Ohio and the Dallas areas, and will see how they do before deciding on a national rollout. (McDonald’s via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli The McDonald's location at 100 Brookside Road in Athol has been renovated and modernized.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli The McDonald's location at 100 Brookside Road in Athol has been renovated and modernized.

  • The McDonald’s at 100 Brookside Road in Athol has been renovated and modernized. Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli The McDonald's location at 100 Brookside Road in Athol has been renovated and modernized.

Recorder Staff
Published: 1/9/2018 10:18:18 PM

ATHOL — This isn’t your grandmother’s McDonald’s.

The fast food eatery at 100 Brookside Road in Athol recently got a facelift as part of a nationwide McDonald’s initiative to remodel all restaurants by 2021. The location was open during construction, which started in the fall of last year and appears to be completed.

The renovated restaurant has kiosks immediately to the left after entering the building. Patrons can customize an order on the kiosks, which spit out slips customers take to a cash register to pay. Like the exterior, the inside of the McDonald’s has been modernized and some tables come with plush chairs.

The PlayPlace — once a staple of McDonald’s restaurants — is gone. Michael Dube, an operations supervisor whose job purview included the Athol restaurant until about eight months ago, previously said the play areas are expensive to maintain and come with much liability.

Dube said he still oversees certain restaurants for Gomez Enterprises, a franchise company owned by George Gomez, but the company owner’s son is now the operations supervisor for the Athol restaurant.

Dube said Gomez Enterprises also owns McDonald’s restaurants in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, in Northampton, in Easthampton and the two in Greenfield.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 258
On Twitter: @DomenicPoli


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