Coffee, emails and jobs on the menu
HE’S lovin’ it – and so could you!
The successful refurbishment of six McDonald’s restaurants in Kent and the opening of a new store at Ashford’s Eureka Park in Ashford has created scores of new jobs as the restaurants continue to increase sales.
Over the last year, local McDonald’s franchisee Chris Symons says he has been able to create 100 new jobs in the area – and he’s looking to recruit more.
Mr Symons says an investment totalling more than £1 million has not only given the restaurants a new look, but has also created job opportunities from crew members through to management positions.
Mr Symons said: “We recruit on qualities, not qualifications, so we hope that the roles we’ve made available have appealed to a broad spectrum of the local community. We provide excellent training with a balance between on-the-job skills development as well as nationally recognised GCSE and A-level equivalent qualifications, so we’re setting these new recruits in good stead for any future career, too.”
The styles of the restaurants are based on two different designs. The new Ashford store uses khaki, lime, orange and russet colours to create an intimate and relaxing environment for customers.
His other stores are based on the “less is more” design, but also offer free Wi-Fi access.
Mr Symons added: “All my customers are delighted with our new look. Alongside our regulars we now see more young professionals from the local area who have welcomed the introduction of free Wi-Fi and pop in for a coffee, while they check their emails.
“The new look also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to invest in the local community, both financially and in terms of employment. We’ve recruited some bright new people who we believe will help deliver the great customer service visitors to the restaurant expect.”
Mr Symons owns eight McDonald’s restaurants, including stores in Maidstone, Ashford and Folkestone.
McDonald’s franchisee Chris Symons