New jobs created after McDonald’s revamp

Pritpal Singh, McDonald's franchisee
Pritpal Singh, McDonald's franchisee

McDonald’s in Halifax town centre has re-opened after undergoing a revamp including the installation of new ordering kiosks.

The improvements to the restaurant cost more than £100,000, with the town centre outlet one of the first in West Yorkshire to feature the new ordering system and digital display units.

The restaurant was closed for two weeks while the revamp was completed.

Pritpal Singh, McDonald’s franchisee, said: “I’m really pleased with the way it’s come out.

“We’ve increased our glass frontage so the view to the outside is fantastic

“We have new ordering kiosks where you can place your order then collect it at the counter.

“There are Samsung tablets at some tables.

“All the seating has been re-imaged and the walls redecorated.

“We’ve also installed digital screens which are really eye-catching when you walk in.

“We had a queue of about 20 people outside when it re-opened on Tuesday.

“To be able to invest in the town centre like this is great.

“It shows mine and the company’s commitment to the town.

“It is difficult trading in town centres, what with car parking charges and rates, but we are growing year-on-year in Halifax.

“We are continuing to invest in the high street.

“We have recruited five new staff already this year and we hope to recruit at least a couple more before the end of the year.”

McDonald’s employs 65 staff in their town centre outlet and 180 staff in their three Halifax restaurants.

Mr Singh, who has been a McDonald’s franchisee for 20 years, added: “Our new staff learn everything from cooking and service to working on the kiosks.

“We also offer a level two apprenticeship in hospitality and catering, a level three apprenticeship in shift management, a foundation degree in restaurant manager operations and certificates in literacy and numeracy.

“We’ve had 22 staff from this restaurant achieve an apprenticeship over the last four years.”