Ferry McDonald’s getting makeover

COREY JORDAN finishes putting up a new message about the Martins Ferry McDonald’s dining room on the restaurant’s message board on Tuesday.

MARTINS FERRY — One of the Ohio Valley’s busiest McDonald’s restaurants is getting an interior makeover, including the addition of some new self-ordering dining room registers.

Greg Cosentino, director of operations for the local McDonald’s, on Tuesday said with the addition of the new registers, the Martins Ferry location also is planning to hire another 10 employees.

“The new restaurant will feature a more current and contemporary dining room and a self-serve beverage and condiment bar for customer convenience,” Cosentino said.

He noted many people like using the new self-pay registers, which include large screens on which to place one’s order. Pay options include credit, debit, Apple Pay, McDonald’s mobile app and McDonald’s gift cards. Cash can also be used but must be taken to the regular registers still manned by workers.

Cosentino said some people may believe because the eatery is using the self-ordering registers that jobs are being taken away; however, the opposite is actually occurring — more people are being hired to work the dining room.

When finished, the remodeled dining room will be modern and sleek and include the usual booths and tables for seating.

Cosentino said those seeking a job at the Martins Ferry McDonald’s can apply online or stop in the restaurant and ask for an application.

The general contractor on the job, Max Construction of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, estimated the renovation work would be complete in about 11 days. The drive-thru will remain open for business, but the dining area will stay closed during the work.

The Stoltz family — which includes Amanda Stoltz Moore, her father Ross Stoltz and her brother Bob Stoltz — owns several McDonald’s restaurants in the region including those in Barnesville, Bellaire, Belmont, Martins Ferry, St. Clairsville, Woodsfield, Caldwell, Elm Grove, The Highlands, Moundsville and Warwood.

Most Ohio Valley residents already are familiar with self-checkouts. For example, Kroger, Walmart, Target and other stores began offering self-pay machines a few years ago. And the Sheetz gas station in Wheeling has a self-order register inside and outside at its gas pumps.

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