Read­ing FC trio en­joy mak­ing Big Macs as restau­rant re­opens

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON

THE BOR­OUGH’S only branch of McDon­ald’s cel­e­brated its re­launch last week by get­ting a trio of fa­mous footballers to make some burg­ers.

The Lower Ear­ley branch, in the shop­ping com­plex op­po­site Asda, closed over the sum­mer hol­i­days to al­low for a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment to take place. The new-look store opened on Thurs­day and now fea­tures ta­ble ser­vice and dig­i­tal or­der­ing points. Cus­tomers can also use a click and col­lect app on their mo­bile phones.

All ta­bles and chairs have been freshly in­stalled and there are free-to-use tablets and some spe­cial in­ter­ac­tive magic ta­bles for chil­dren to use. Mo­bile phone charg­ing points have also been added.

And there are changes out­side as well: two cars can or­der from the drive-thru at the same time, which should speed up the process.

To mark the re-open­ing last Thurs­day, BBC Ra­dio Berk­shire’s match­day com­men­ta­tors – all for­mer Read­ing FC play­ers – vis­ited to cut the rib­bon and have a be­hind the scenes tour of the new-look site. The trio, Ady Wil­liams, Mick Good­ing and Ge­orge Friel, also made their own burg­ers and chat­ted with staff and cus­tomers.

Fran­chisee Richard Forte, who em­ploys 625 staff across the Read­ing area, said: “One of the first changes you can see is the choice of or­der­ing your meal at the kiosk, you can pe­ruse the menu at your leisure, take your time.

“What’s re­ally ex­cit­ing is you have a choice of ta­ble ser­vice. You can or­der and go and sit down and re­lax know­ing that the staff mem­bers will be as­sem­bling your or­der and will bring it to your ta­ble so you don’t have to go any­where the col­lec­tion point, so you can re­lax with your fam­ily and have fun.

“It will make it less stress­ful for fam­i­lies, they can re­lax and let us take up the strain.”

He added: “I’m de­lighted with the changes, the restau­rant looks so con­tem­po­rary, the staff are so ex­cited to work here, it’s fresh and vi­brant and so many changes to en­joy.”

McDon­ald’s is now of­fer­ing a de­liv­ery ser­vice for peo­ple liv­ing within one-and-a-half miles of its four Read­ing restau­rants in Friar Street, Ox­ford Road, The Or­a­cle and For­bury Re­tail Park. Meals can be or­dered via the Uber Eats app.

Pic­tures: Phil Creighton

BBC Ra­dio Berk­shire’s com­men­ta­tors Mick Good­ing (hold­ing rib­bon) and Ady Wil­liams (shak­ing hands with McDon­ald’s fran­chise owner Richard Forte) open the new-look McDon­ald’s in Lower Ear­ley

Above: Lower Ear­ley team mem­bers Left: Mick Good­ing and Ady Wil­liams hold the burg­ers they made

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