Rotorua's Fenton St McDonald's restaurant is getting a $2.6 million makeover.
The Rotorua Lakes Council issued a building consent valued at $800,000 for alterations to the Fenton St fast food restaurant.
But McDonald's Rotorua franchisee Rob Parry said the project would cost about $2.6m all up once complete.
"It's pretty exciting news for us. It's going to be a fairly big transformation for our restaurant."
The McDonald's do-over is among commercial and residential building consents valued at $14,862,672 issued in May.
Franchisees Rob and Linley Parry have all three restaurants in Rotorua, in Fairy Springs, Fenton St and Te Ngae.
Parry said the makeover would include a lot of new equipment and a brand new playground.
"We're giving the entire restaurant a complete spruce up with new decor etc."
It would be the Fenton St restaurant's second spruce up in about 17 years.
"Design trends have changed. We need to stay with the times."
He said the restaurant planned to keep all of its original Māori carvings.
"We are working with Te Puia getting QR codes made, which will tell customers what each carving means. It will take them on a bit of a journey."
As part of the refurbishment, Parry said the restaurant was also looking to hire more staff.
He said the makeover will start on Monday and was going to take the best part of about 23 weeks. The restaurant will stay open throughout the renovations.
"We should be completed by mid-November."
Te Ngae Shopping Centre's newest tenant expanding
Meanwhile, Rotorua's newly-spruced up Te Ngae Shopping Centre is now expanding.
The Rotorua Lakes Council has issued a building consent valued at $400,000 for a new building at the shopping centre on Owhata Rd.
Local developer Tony Bradley from TPB Properties said the new building was an expansion for the centre's newest tenant Safeguard Self Storage and will include 100 new outside units.
"Stage 1 was tidying up the other shops and stage 2 is the new attached building."
Bradley bought a chunk of the buildings last year and had since given the shopping centre a "facelift".
"It has come up quite well."
The building housed the former Smiths City and the current Coin Save business, a hairdresser, a bakery and St Vincent de Paul.
"It has been derelict for five years. The building had good bones but it just looked a bit tired.
"I have re-roofed it and repainted and given it a bit of a face-lift. It looks like a new building."
Bradley said the new building planned to be completed at the end of July.
Safeguard Self Storage operations manager Michelle Hope said the business opened their 180 inside storage units inside the former Smiths City building last August.
The extension would include outside units, which Hope said were desperately needed as demand for storage grew.
"It's been very busy here. We're almost at capacity. We can't wait for our outside units."
Hope said when the business opened last year there were already people on the waiting list for the soon-to-be-built outside units.
Cutz4u owner Cynthia Walker said the spruce up and the newly-tenanted building had made a "huge difference" to the centre.
"It has been sitting empty for quite some time. We've been waiting for someone to take it over. I'm glad someone has.
"It's always better to have a filled building than an empty one."
Walker said the hair cutting bar, which has been in the centre for 10 years, has had its shop outside painted.
"It makes it look more loved. We badly needed it."
Ann Blakeloc from St Vincent de Paul said their building had received a fresh coat of paint and a new roof.
"The spruce up has done wonders for the building. It's tidied it up."
Blakeloc said the "busy little shopping centre" needed a spruce up.
"It's just brightened everything up."
She said it was also great to see Safeguard Storage occupy the empty building.
"We use the storage shed to store all our clothing too."
May's top five commercial consents ranked by value
McDonald's Fenton St – Alterations - $800,000
1560 Amohau St - Commercial alterations - $800,000
144 Lake Rd – New workshop - $650,000
157 Old Taupo – Alterations - $650,000
Te Ngae Rd Shopping Centre – New building - $400,000
Source: Rotorua Lakes Council