LAURINBURG —Arby’s restaurant will show off the results of a five-week renovation with a grand re-opening celebration on Friday.
The store, at 1400 S. Main St., has been refurbished inside and out. The new design takes the traditional deli feel Arby’s has long been known for and gives it a more contemporary look. Improvements include tiled floors instead of carpet, modern lighting, an updated color palette and a warmer, rustic look with wooden walls and door frames.
The exterior of the restaurant has also been upgraded with the use of strong geometric elements, a new and larger illuminated sign, and white brick and wood tones.
The Laurinburg restaurant offers offer free Wi-Fi and two flat screen televisions.
“A customer can sit on one side and watch the sports channel and the other can watch the news,” said Charles Williams, assistant manager for Arby’s.
Company-wide, it is the first major overhaul to the Arby’s design in almost two decades.
The store has added employees as well, growing from 22 to 30 workers.
Williams said the store has seen a spike in revenues since the remodel. On average, Arby’s remodeled restaurants are experiencing sustained sales increases of approximately 15 percent with some experiencing increases of 20 percent or more.
“Ideally the new look will bring in more customers,” he said. “But the whole idea is to show customers our appreciation.”
The first Arby’s opened in 1964 in Boardman, Ohio. The business began by serving roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and a beverage. There are now more than 3,200 restaurants worldwide selling everything from wraps to toasted subs to the signature roast beef sandwiches.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.