A NEW McDonald’s has opened its doors in Gosport – just in time for the launch of its Christmas menu.
The new drive-thru opened at Brockhurst Gate Retail Park in Gosport this week.
Owned by McDonald’s franchisee Grant Copper, the restaurant has created 100 jobs – with more than half the staff coming from the recently closed Gosport High Street store.
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Grant, who started his career at the Portsmouth branch, said: ‘It was a tough decision to close Gosport as we had been there for more than 30 years but things have changed. To bring that restaurant up to this standard – what customers require these days – would not have been viable.
‘From our customers’ perspective we have brought a new modern restaurant, with more seating, an outside play area, a lift and self-service kiosks, plus a drive-thru to Gosport.
‘Everybody who worked at the old store has transferred to here or other stores and we have actually recruited a further 60 people.’
Rich Price, from Alver, is the business manager for the store. He has transferred from the Gosport High Street store.
The 41-year-old said: ‘It is fantastic. The store looks incredible. So far all the reaction has been positive and we have noticed a lot of our old regulars from the old store coming in too.’
Another member of staff to transfer over is shift manager Charlene Stirton.
Charlene, 37, from Elson, said: ‘It has been very exciting. Everything is new and everyone is happy to be here. All the customers have been happy with the changes. The new operation makes it a lot better for us to work and a lot better for customers as it means we are quicker.’
Grant now employs 2,100 staff across 21 restaurants.
McDonald’s also launched its festive menu this week, which sees a chicken version of the Big Tasty released, cheese melt dippers return and a Maltesers flavoured McFlurry.
Reindeer Treats – carrot bags – are also now available from all McDonald’s restaurants, to coincide with its Christmas advertising campaign.
McDonald’s is the first business to open on the new Brockhurst Gate development. The £9m development is due to be completed early next year and will see five retail units to include M&S Food, Lidl, Home Bargains, and The Food Warehouse by Iceland. The site will also see the construction of a Costa drive thru,