COMMUNITY and voluntary groups in Hartlepool are set to benefit when a popular fast-food restaurant undergoes a £175,000 refurbishment.
McDonald’s in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre is getting a facelift as part of an investment that will also create six new jobs.
As part of the “re-image”, the existing tables and chairs will be replaced with new fixed seating bringing the total number to around 125.
McDonald’s has agreed to give the old furniture to the shopping centre, which has pledged to give them away free to community groups.
Mark Nuttall, of Hartlepool McDonald’s franchise, said: “At the moment the tables are looking pretty old and a bit tired and there is not enough space for customers at weekends.
“We decided to a re-image, which is going to be a modern design in the same style as our branch at the marina.
“We are continuing to grow in the town and decided it is the right time for a reinvestment.”
The counter area is to be moved forward slightly to create more room for extra staff and quicker service.
It will also be increased from five to six tills to streamline the operation.
Work is due to start in the second week of July and is set to take around four days.
Mark Rycraft, manager of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, said the investment coupled with other developments going on will give the centre a major boost.
He said: “With this and when Bhs is unveiled the centre will start to look a lot more modern.
“There is also the external rebranding to the outside and new entrances.
“Good things are starting to happen in Middleton Grange to change the way it looks and feels.”
Talking about the table and chairs offer, he added: “I said I would rather keep them in the community.
“There may be groups who require tables for their coffee mornings or something.”
The seating will be available on a first come first served basis and groups will have to collect.
Anyone interested should apply in writing to Mr Rycraft or email: firstname.lastname@example.org