By Bryan Horwath – Reporter, Wichita Business Journal
Aug 16, 2018, 2:41pm CDT Updated Aug 16, 2018, 5:08pm EDT
Close to $80 million will be invested in McDonald's restaurants in Kansas in 2018 and 2019.
That's according to a release this week from McDonald's USA LLC. A total of 130 McDonald's locations in Kansas will be constructed or remodeled this year and next, the release said.
McDonald's USA says it's investing about $6 billion to modernize most U.S. restaurants by 2020. A total of $78 million from that pool has been or will be devoted to restaurants in Kansas.
“This is an exciting time for McDonald’s and we’re proud to provide a new experience, look and feel for guests at 130 McDonald’s locations across Kansas,” said Robert Lane of Lane Enterprises. “We are also pleased that our modernization supports local architecture, engineering and construction jobs across the great state of Kansas.”
El Dorado-based Lane Enterprises has 40 McDonald's locations in Kansas, including 22 in Wichita, said company spokeswoman Kristin Marlett.
The goal of the improvements is to enhance the dining experience with new furniture, digital self-order kiosks at some locations, easier-to-read digital menu boards inside and at the drive-thru and changes to McCafe counters and display cases, the release said.
“We support local businesses like McDonald’s because of their commitment to our community,” said Adam Mills, CEO of Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association, in the release. “Most of these McDonald's restaurants are locally owned by people who choose to invest in their hometowns, helping to create and sustain local jobs not only in the restaurant, but also through its construction and modernization, and that helps support the local families they serve.”
In Wichita, a renovation at the McDonald's at 3434 S. Hydraulic is complete while projects at restaurants at 13th and West Street and 53rd Street and Meridian are in progress, Marlett said.
In addition to its headquarters in El Dorado, Lane Enterprises also has office space inside the Broadway Autopark building in downtown Wichita.