Reading FC trio enjoy making Big Macs as restaurant reopens
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.
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