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The Briefing


by Aiken PR



McDonald’s in Northern Ireland will be creating over 100 new jobs with the opening of a new dual lane drive thru restaurant at The Junction Retail and Leisure Park in Antrim. 

The restaurant which will be operated by new franchisee Paddy Cusack is set to open on 21 November and will operate 24/7. Features will include; a new dual lane drive thru; table service; an outdoor kids play area and indoor kids digital play table and a host of digital innovations such as touch screen ordering, which will deliver a more controlled, customised and quicker service for customers. The 110 seater restaurant, conveniently located at Junction 1 off the M22 / M2, brings McDonald’s portfolio in Northern Ireland to 30 restaurants.

Speaking about the investment, 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.

“The restaurant will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will provide our customers with a family friendly environment and the perfect place to enjoy a quality meal and friendly service. The Junction in Antrim is an exciting customer offering and we are delighted to be part of this, immersing ourselves in the local community just in time for Christmas. 

“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, The Junction Retail and Leisure Park commented; “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.”

Digital innovation is at the heart of the new restaurant which features a host of customer facing technology. These include touch screen kiosks which allow customers to browse the menu, order their food and pay by card or contactless.  Additionally, free to use tablets have been installed at a number of tables for customers who want to check their newsfeed and emails or play the latest games. New technology also extends through to the kitchen adapting how the food is prepared and served so that products are made specially to order using freshly prepared ingredients.

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