Re­furb for restau­rant

McDon­ald’s out­let set to close for four weeks

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - By CIARAN SHANKS

FAST food gi­ant McDon­ald’s is to close its city cen­tre restau­rant for four weeks as it gets set for a ma­jor up­grade.

Big Mac fans will have to get their burger fix else­where when the Re­form Street restau­rant closes on Tues­day.

This is so work­ers can carry out a £600,000 dig­i­tal makeover.

McDon­ald’s plan to in­tro­duce ta­ble ser­vice where din­ers can place their or­ders via elec­tronic boards and tablets at tables. A sim­i­lar process is used at the McDon­ald’s at Cam­per­down and Mil­ton of Craigie.

The restau­rant will be closed for a month in or­der for the work to be car­ried out and is sched­uled to re­open on March 21.

Regulars will now have to make the short jour­ney to the s maller McDon­ald’s in the Well­gate Cen­tre.

Nick McPart­land, who owns and op­er­ates three restau­rants in­clud­ing the one on Re­form Street, said: “We’re ex­cited about the trans­for­ma­tion be­cause we’re com­mit­ted to of­fer­ing our cus­tomers more choice and fast ser­vice. The cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence in the dig­i­tally en­hanced stores is bet­ter, with the kiosks mean­ing cus­tomers can view op­tions and or­der, with­out the pres­sure of be­ing at the till.”

In the past year, re­tail­ers in Re­form Street, along with coun­cil chiefs, have made pas­sion­ate pleas to re­ju­ve­nate the street and fill the empty units.

Coun­cil­lor Will Daw­son, city devel­op­ment con­vener at Dundee City Coun­cil, said: “It’s good to see McDon­ald’s con­tin­u­ing their pres­ence in what was their first restau­rant in Scot­land.

“It’s pleas­ing that they’re not only strength­en­ing their brand but mak­ing the most out of what has been 30 years in the city.”

In March last year, the Tele high­lighted the plight of Re­form Street in our “Let’s Re­form Re­form Street” series.

Mr Daw­son said: “We’re still hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with land­lords about im­prov­ing the area. Un­for­tu­nately, these things aren’t very quick, but they’re still on­go­ing.”

McDon­ald’s Re­form Street, which will close for month for re­fur­bish­ment.

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