The first customers have been served at a new fast-food restaurant in Wellingborough.
The new drive-thru McDonald’s restaurant in London Road, Wellingborough, opened its doors on October 28 and has created 30 new jobs for the area.
We’re delighted to be bringing new jobs to the Wellingborough areaPerry Akhtar
The new restaurant features one of McDonald’s new state-of-the-art designs and offers digital menu boards and tablet computers on some of the restaurant tables for customers to enjoy while they dine.
It is one of the first McDonald’s in the area to offer customers the option to either use the traditional till services or innovative self-order kiosks.
These allow customers to browse the entire menu and check out the nutritional information of each meal at the same time.
Once customers have completed their order, they can pay by card or contactless, and then go straight to a designated area of the counter to pick up their order.
In the kitchens, new lay-outs and increased technology means McDonald’s products will be made specially to order for customers, with every burger and wrap being freshly prepared.
Local McDonald’s franchisee Perry Akhtar, who will operate the restaurant, now runs six restaurants in the locality.
Perry, who employs more than 470 members of staff in the area and contributes £12.1 million to the local economy, will be employing 90 staff at the new restaurant.
He said: “We’re delighted to be bringing new jobs to the Wellingborough area and be able to provide a greater level of convenience to our customers.
“As a local businessman, I’m keen to ensure steady investment in the local area and I’m very pleased to be able to offer exciting employment opportunities through the creation of a significant number of new jobs.
“Investing in the development of our staff is at the core of our business.
“Ensuring our staff have a good learning ladder of opportunities ahead of them not only benefits their careers but also helps us deliver consistently high levels of customer service.”
Mr Akhtar began his McDonald’s career more than 27 years ago and now runs six restaurants across Northampton, Wellingborough and Raunds.
His key focus is how his restaurants can help the community and he currently sponsors six local grassroots football teams across the area, providing them with kit and equipment as part of the McDonald’s Community Football Programme.
Perry and his restaurant teams also regularly get hands on with environmental issues, conducting wide spread litter picks and events across Northamptonshire as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign, ‘Love Where You Live’.
The campaign and partnership is now in its fifth year and continues to encourage local communities to take action and work together to tackle litter in their area.
He is also a keen support of local causes and the Ronald McDonald House Charity, raising more than £100,000 over the past six years.
For more information on McDonald’s go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk.