Roadchef, the motorway services provider, has confirmed that the refurbishment of its estate will be completed by Easter 2011. The operator, which recently signed a deal to open 20 McDonald’s, is spending £12m on its facilities following a pilot scheme at Strensham. Following on from the Strensham trial, Roadchef has also "killed off" its former Rest Bite free-flow restaurants, replacing them with its own Hot Food Company, designed in-house, which provides a quicker and more modern service. For the year to 2 January 2010, the service station operator made a pre-tax profit of £7.9m, compared with a loss of £0.9m for the 66 weeks to 3 January the previous year. The first of the new generation of Roadchefs goes live on one side of the road at its Clacket Lane site on 24 November and the remaining nine sites will be upgraded by Easter 2012.