Cof­fee, emails and jobs on the menu

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Homes -

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

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