McD starts $26M plaza project on Mass. Turnpike

McD starts $26M plaza project on Mass. Turnpike

CHARLTON, MASS. — Groundbreaking began here on the first of 11 Massachusetts Turnpike travel plazas being renovated by the turnpike authority and McDonald’s, which reportedly will spend $26 million on the project.

All 11 plazas, which will feature McDonald’s and Papa Gino’s restaurants, are expected to be refurbished by the end of the year. Under McDonald’s 25-year master contract to operate food concessions at the plazas, the chain also is bringing in the Dunkin Donuts, Boston Market and Ben & Jerry’s brands.

The plazas are expected to net approximately $10 million a year for the turnpike authority.

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