A remodeling of the McDonald’s at the corner of West Main Street and Thomas Street in Tupelo should be finished by late July.
The restaurant, built in 2003, is getting a facelift on the exterior and interior. Outside work started about three weeks ago.
The interior will get a new look as part of the renovation.
“The decor will be modern and upscale by quick service standards featuring large wall graphics and unique seating in some areas,” said franchise owner Rob Hudson. ” Our dine-in guests will be treated to table delivery service.”
Table delivery service was rolled out at the New Albany McDonald’s last year after its renovation.
Interior work in a few weeks will close the dining room, but the restaurant will not close; the drive-thru will remain open. The restaurant will let diners know when that happens, and we’ll pass on the news too.
The play land also stays and will be much improved, Hudson said.
“The new play land features a modern design that encourages creative and free play,” he said. “Up to 70 children can play on such features as a cooling tower, pogo power, scoops, zero G, slide, sit-n-spin, ripples, spider climb, eclipse toddler slide, and more.
“The play area will also include interactive digital games. We expect it to be the premiere family gathering space in the area.”
Hudson, who heads Hudson Management Corp. has kept busy opening, moving and renovating his McDonald’s franchise locations in the past decade.
In 2008, Hudson opened the Saltillo location. In 2010, the company’s first Tupelo location, which opened in 1973 on South Gloster Street near Crosstown, was closed. A 50s-style design opened at the intersection of President Avenue and South Gloster Street. In 2011, the old location on South Gloster in front of Wall’s was replaced by a new location on Eason Boulevard. In 2013, the Pontotoc location was demolished and rebuilt, and last year, the New Albany location was remodeled.
That leaves one location to be remodeled – the North Gloster Street store in front of Sam’s.
Hudson said it, too, would get a new look sometime in the future, but didn’t give a firm date.