Antrim’s first Mc­don­ald’s set to open cre­at­ing 100 new jobs

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

A NEW Mc­don­ald’s res­tau­rant set to open at The Junc­tion in Antrim next month will cre­ate 100 jobs.

The “dual lane” drive thru res­tau­rant at the re­tail and leisure park will be the first Mc­don­ald’s in Antrim.

Its open­ing will see it com­pete di­rectly with ri­val fast food chain, Burger King, which also has an out­let at the re­tail park.

It will be op­er­ated by new fran­chisee Paddy Cu­sack who will launch the store on Novem­ber 21.

Mc­don­ald’s said the out­let will be one of its most mod­ern in the prov­ince, with ta­ble ser­vice, an out­door kids play area and in­door kids dig­i­tal play ta­ble and dig­i­tal ser­vices in­clud­ing touch screen or­der­ing and free tablets.

The 110-seater eaterie brings Mc­don­ald’s port­fo­lio in North­ern Ire­land to 30 restau­rants.

Fran­chisee Paddy Cu­sack said: “I am re­ally ex­cited to be join­ing the Mc­don­ald’s team here in North­ern Ire­land. As a busi­ness­man I’m keen to en­sure steady in­vest­ment in the lo­cal econ­omy and I am pleased to be able to pro­vide over 100 new full and part time po­si­tions. We of­fer ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer de­vel­op­ment and will be de­vel­op­ing our own man­agers from within the busi­ness through con­tin­u­ous struc­tured train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion. In ad­di­tion, we are seek­ing to em­ploy cus­tomer care staff and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence lead­ers who en­joy work­ing with peo­ple and cre­at­ing the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence for our cus­tomers.

“Mc­don­ald’s is com­mit­ted to grow­ing its busi­ness in North­ern Ire­land and this ma­jor in­vest­ment has cre­ated sig­nif­i­cant di­rect and in­di­rect em­ploy­ment in­clud­ing a boost to the man­u­fac­tur­ing, con­struc­tion and ser­vice sec­tors.”

Leona Barr, cen­tre man­ager for The Junc­tion Re­tail and Leisure Park, said: “I am de­lighted to wel­come Mc­don­ald’s to our ever grow­ing leisure, food and bev­er­age, and re­tail of­fer­ing, mark­ing an­other im­por­tant mile­stone in our Mas­ter Plan here at The Junc­tion. We are look­ing for­ward to the open­ing in Novem­ber and are cer­tain that the res­tau­rant will be a very wel­come ad­di­tion for cus­tomers in the run up to the busy fes­tive shop­ping pe­riod.”

The open­ing of Mc­don­ald’s at The Junc­tion is just one part of the re­tail park’s £30m de­vel­op­ment an­nounced ear­lier this year.

And Mc­don­ald’s will be the first op­er­a­tor in the new food zone out­side the Om­ni­plex.

It is ex­pected that more an­nounce­ments will be made in the com­ing months about fur­ther food and leisure op­er­a­tors at the site.

The Junc­tion re­tail park was bought by The Lo­tus Group in 2016.

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