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“McDonald’s of the future,” featuring all-you-can-eat fries, kiosks for ordering opens in July

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ST. JOSEPH, Missouri — McDonald’s is planning a “McDonald’s of the future,” and the very first of its kind will open in St. Joseph, Missouri this summer. The features include all-you-can-eat French fires, ordering kiosks and more.

Along with new decor to create a more casual dining experience, the new 6,500-square foot restaurant in St. Joseph, Missouri will offer a kiosk where customers will place their order, which McDonald’s officials say should allow for faster service and customizable orders.

This, in light of the recent, highly-publicized protests by minimum wage fast food workers demanding higher pay.

The new kiosk system would replace the need for as many cashiers, but the St. Joseph store’s owner, Chris Habider said he plans to hire 85 new employees for the new store.

The new restaurant will offer “hundreds of different choices to build the burger of your dreams,” Habiger told the St. Joseph News-Press . “Once you’ve placed your order, you can find your seat because we’ll bring it out to you.”

Another new feature: all-you-can-eat French fries.

With that offer, the company is taking note of the fact that McDonald’s customers at large simply aren’t looking for healthier options.

An article in Vanity Fair suggests “McDonald’s has tried to compensate by adding healthier choices to its menus, but customers don’t seem to be biting.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that McDonald’s is removing wraps from its menus because “no self-respecting millennial was going to McDonald’s to buy a wrap,” adding that “maybe going full-throttle with the unbridled unhealthiness in the St. Joseph store is just what McDonald’s needs.”

The St. Joseph, Missouri restaurant is set to open in July.

7 comments

    • Michael Neils

      True. Not meant to be a family-supporting job. It’s meant to be in ADDITION to your full time job or a job for the spouse or kids to take to help out/save up for something. I also like how not biting for healthier stuff-no kidding I can make salad at home. But not a Big Mac. :) An occasional fast food meal will not make you fat.

    • Michael Neils

      so go live in Europe then and enjoy the high high high tax rate to pay for all that free education and medical care.

  • Bill Miller

    Pay $15 an hour to an employee, you will see a lot more of this. I think the $15 will be a bust for the younger people thinking they will get hired at that wage. It will bring a lot of older workers to the work force because companies will then only need part time workers. An older worker that is more responsible will be the ones hired not the workers looking for their first jobs…

  • Harold

    Worst legislation that any government could pass McDonald’s is not s job for supporting family unless your working upper management my don worked McDonald’s while in high school for pocket money went to school for nursing has a 4 year degree earning 33.00 hour these millinials are on drugs and if not they should use some free cooler free health care really suppose I walked into PNC bank and told them I didn’t want to continue paying my mortgage as in living for free this country is out of control accountability is no existant hard work is discouraged look at Greece look at Venezuela America is on deck

  • Robert Stone

    This is exactly what the fight for $!5/hr is going to get people, replaced, and this is only the beginning. There are already ordering kiosks popping up everywhere. Almost every Walmart has self check-out lanes, and Target by my house just added them last year. Jobs for people with menial skills are going to become more and more scarce as they fight to get wages that are higher than there skill set deserves.

    Oh, and don’t say anything about walking in those people’s shoes because I have. I used to be a food service worker. I worked at Denny’s for 2.5 years, and then I realized that I would never make it in life if I didn’t go to college. It’s now 20 years later, and I have two degrees. It’s called common sense people. If you can’t make enough money to live doing something you need to find a different line of work. I know college isn’t for everyone, but there are plenty of other jobs that pay well out there. You just have to make a choice. I have two friends that are truck drivers, and they make excellent money. 50k + a year. I also have a friend who paints, and another who installs A/C units. All of them are making decent money.

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