By Cara Brooke Schultz
Do you have an upcoming informal business meeting? Perhaps you might consider having the rendezvous at your local McDonald’s accompanied by flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. This isn’t the first time McDonald’s has performed a facelift on one of their locations; all throughout the UK and France numerous McDonald’s have gone under the knife. The changes to the NYC location: multiple outlets for plugging in laptops, upholstered vinyl chairs, subdued lighting, modern painted walls, and employees in trendy all-black uniforms.
So why did the Chelsea-location feel the need to get work done? According to an article written by MSNBC, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said, “People are using our restaurants differently today than they did five, 10, 20 years ago. People are multi-tasking, doing more on a given day […] you want to be able to open your laptop, log on and get some work done while you’re eating.”
Proud said the redesign of several locations in the UK and France was an attributing factor to McDonald’s growth in Europe. It seems as though the Chelsea-location won’t be alone for long. So, what will be next—a McDonald’s conference room that can be rented out at an hourly rate?