€1m facelift on the menu at McDon­alds in Wex­ford

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MCDON­ALDS restau­rant in Wex­ford is un­der­go­ing a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment at a cost of more than €1 mil­lion to trans­form it into one of the most mod­ern premises within the fran­chise in Ire­land.

The Dri­nagh restau­rant which is one of the busiest in the coun­try, has closed its doors for ren­o­va­tions and will re-open on Wed­nes­day, November 29 with a brand new look in­clud­ing self-ser­vice kiosks in the lobby and two drive-through lanes in­stead of one.

‘It will be a to­tal re­fur­bish­ment. When it’s fin­ished, it will be one of the fan­ci­est in the coun­try,’ said John Byrne, oper­a­tions man­ager for Bernard Byrne who owns both the Wex­ford and the Car­low McDon­alds fran­chises.

Wex­ford is among the first to ben­e­fit from the global roll­out of a McDon­alds up­grade pro­gramme called ‘Ex­pe­ri­ence the Fu­ture’ with the UK, Europe and Aus­tralia lead­ing the way.

‘Wex­ford won’t have seen any­thing like it. There’s a new dig­i­tal ser­vice sys­tem and even ta­ble ser­vice,’ said John.

Self-ser­vice kiosk ma­chines are be­ing in­stalled in the lobby, al­low­ing cus­tomers to or­der and pay for their food be­fore sit­ting at a ta­ble where McDon­alds staff will bring them their food. A counter ser­vice will still be avail­able.

The kiosks are cur­rently only in op­er­a­tion in a hand­ful of restau­rants in Ire­land in­clud­ing, Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny.

Wex­ford is one of the most pop­u­lar McDon­alds restau­rants in coun­try and once the im­prove­ments have been car­ried out, business should ‘go through the roof ’, ac­cord­ing to the oper­a­tions man­ager.

‘Our aim is to be in the top five in Ire­land which is a fair achieve­ment given that there are 90 MsDon­alds in the coun­try’, he said.

McDon­alds Wex­ford which em­ploys 80 staff, in­clud­ing 40 full-time per­son­nel, has served over 4 mil­lion cus­tomers in the eight years since it opened in Dri­nagh Re­tail Park in 2009.

The restau­rant is of­fer­ing its orig­i­nal fur­ni­ture and fit­tings to a char­ity or vol­un­tary club that may have a use for them. ‘We have them on site. They are in per­fect con­di­tion but they will be go­ing to the skip un­less some­one takes them.

‘We would be happy to hand them over to a char­ity or youth club,’ said John who can be con­tacted by email­ing byr­dan­lim­ited@gmail.com

How the re­vamped Wex­ford McDon­ald’s will look when it re­opens to the pub­lic at the end of the month.

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