Restaurant opens and creates 100 new jobs locally

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ONE hundred jobs have been created with the opening of a new fast food restaurant today.

The new McDonald’s in Larchwood Avenue, Bedhampton, was today due to open after a £650,000 investment from the global chain.

It will be run by Grant Copper, who owns a string of restaurants across the Portsmouth area.

The restaurant in Bedhampton will be his 17th.

He said: ‘We’re thrilled to be opening our doors in Havant.

‘We hope to see loyal fans of McDonald’s coming to enjoy what they know and love, as well as some new customers attracted by our fresh look and feel.

‘As a local businessman, I’m keen to ensure ongoing investment in the area and we’re pleased to be able to provide a significant number of new jobs.

‘Investing in the development of our staff is important – we want to ensure they have good learning opportunities which will benefit their careers but also because it will ultimately help us deliver consistently high levels of customer service.’

It is the second restaurant Mr Copper has opened this year, following on from one in Bognor Regis opening in January.

Those employed at the restaurant will have access to training and development programmes, as well as the opportunity to gain nationally-recognised qualifications ranging from adult certificates in maths and English to a foundation degree in managing business operations.

The restaurant will include a new service where customers place their order at a till in the usual manner, but then collect it from the pickup counter.

This forms part of McDonald’s ongoing restaurant development and ensuring an efficient service for all customers.

Mr Copper, who began his career with the company as an hourly-paid crew member at the Commercial Road branch in 1983, first became a franchise holder in 2001.

Before he moved into self-employment, Grant held several positions with McDonald’s, including a two-year stint in Slovenia as a project manager.