Bel Air McDonald's Closed for Redesign, Part of National Makeover

The fast food restaurant at the corner of Route 1 and Route 24 is being remodeled.

McDonald's at 599 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
McDonald's at 599 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
The McDonald's on US Route 1 in Bel Air closed recently for a makeover and will not reopen for several months.

The Bel Air location closed Jan. 31 and is currently under construction as part of a national campaign to update the franchise restaurants.

Across its network, McDonald's plans to revamp 1,000 restaurants in 2014, NBC News reported.

The enhancements are the company's response to lagging customer service in 2013, when it took 189 seconds on average for a customer to place an order and pick up food at McDonald's, according to the Huffington Post.

Remodeled restaurants will feature a "Fast Forward Drive Through"—a third window where customers will go if their orders are not ready after paying at the first window and visiting the second window for their food, according to NBC.

McDonald's aims to add value to its customers' experiences with designs that are "modern, dynamic, enjoyable and entertaining," according to its corporate strategy.

Plans for the interior include use of more natural materials; contemporary options like high seating, booths and lounge-type spaces; and plasma-screen TVs and wireless internet.

The outside will feature a more clearly defined drive-through that has two lanes and an inviting entryway, according to McDonald's.

The McDonald's restaurant on Route 1 has a sign posted outside directing customers to the McDonald's at 1 Red Pump Road during the construction.

Officials anticipate the Route 1 McDonald's will reopen by early summer.


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