A new McDonald’s restaurant has opened in Weymouth today (Wednesday, May 18) by the town’s mayor who previously worked at the UK’s first restaurant. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this morning at the Weymouth Gateway retail park off Mercery Road and was officially opened by Cllr Ann Weaving, Weymouth Town Mayor.
McDonald’s new restaurant is said to have created 120 jobs for the area and the company plans to employ over 400 people locally. The branch is open from today for dine-in, takeaway, Drive-Thru and delivery services.
The Weymouth Mayor seems to have come full circle after her first job happened to be at McDonald’s first-ever UK restaurant in Woolwich. Now, Cllr Ann Weaving said she has “immense pleasure” to open the new Weymouth store.
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Speaking at today’s ribbon-cutting event, the Weymouth Mayor, said: “It gives me immense pleasure to open this brand-new McDonald’s restaurant in Weymouth and is especially personal to me as I started my working life in McDonald’s first-ever UK restaurant in Woolwich.”
The restaurant is owned and operated by McDonald’s franchisee Chris Truscott, who is also the brains behind the fast-food chain’s farm scheme designed to give back to the industry. He said: “We are delighted to have officially opened another brand-new McDonald’s restaurant in Weymouth. Our restaurant teams are proud of the positive role we play in the communities we serve and look forward to continuing to see local customers enjoy our services on offer.”
The new McDonald’s branch will feature all of the latest features including table service, self-serve kiosks and a smart drive-thru system. Customers will also be able to use the My McDonald’s smartphone app which allows people to order and pay for the meal ahead of time. The restaurant also forms part of the Weymouth Gateway development, with Dunelm and B&M and a new Costa coming to the site.
The new restaurant will be open 24/7, which comes after McDonald’s won the right to open for 24 hours a day at a Dorset Council meeting, as a licensing panel has decided any noise will be deadened by three large commercial businesses between the restaurant and the distance between the premises and the nearest homes.
In agreeing the late-night refreshment licence, panel chair Cllr Emma Parker said members were happy with the company’s response to litter and the general management of the site – including provision for a separate space for delivery drivers which would only be able to operate until midnight.
A spokesman for the fast-food chain previously said that the new branch will create at least 120 full and part-time jobs. A statement reads: “We are really excited to be opening a brand-new McDonald’s restaurant in Weymouth in the Summer. The new restaurant will bring significant investment to the local area as well as creating at least 120 full and part-time jobs.”
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