Belfast Telegraph

Marcon fits the bill for fast-food giant

A Country Antrim shop-fitter contractor has secured a £2m deal with McDonald's.

Marcon Fit Out, with offices at Junction One in Antrim, has been awarded a contract to refurbish all of the fast food giant's Northern Ireland restaurants.

Mark O'Connor of Marcon Fit Out estimates the project will be worth between £1.5m and £2m to the company in total.

He said: "McDonald's were looking for a small contractor to carry out the work in Northern Ireland. They had worked with larger companies in the UK previously and wanted a company that could be flexible and pro-active.

"They initially gave us a couple of restaurants to work on, starting with Bangor.

"We're delighted our efforts have been recognised and we have been appointed for another year."

McDonald's announced its £3m Northern Ireland investment decision in May.

Marcon Fit Out has completed seven stores in Northern Ireland so far and is currently on-site in McDonald's in Omagh.

It is due to complete three more restaurants before Christmas, in Dundonald, Newtownabbey and east Belfast.

McDonald's has identified another 10 for the contractor to complete next year.

Mr O'Connor said: "If we deliver and they continue with their plans to refurbish, there's potentially work for us until 2012 and we've already recruited extra staff for the 2011 work. It's great to have secured income for the company at a time of economic hardship for the industry."