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McDonald's opening new Northern Ireland outlet creating 100 new jobs

By John Mulgrew

Around 100 new jobs are being created with the opening of a new McDonald's at a Co Down retail park in a £2m investment, it can be revealed.

The new restaurant will be based at The Outlet in Banbridge, and is part of the retail park's latest expansion.

And McDonald's franchisee John McCollum, who already owns a McDonald's in Sprucefield, is also buying over and revamping the restaurant at Damolly Retail Park in Newry.

The new restaurants will features the latest technology, and ordering systems.

The burger chain is spending millions adding touch screen systems as part of a major revamp across its outlets.

McDonald's has operated in Northern Ireland for 23 years. There are now more than two dozen stores in Northern Ireland.

“We've been dealing with The Outlet for some time,” Mr McCollum said.

It's due to open its doors on October 19.

Mr McCollum said the new restaurant at The Outlet will feature touch screen systems, a dual-lane drive through and table service.

“It will be about 100 jobs. There are currently 65 in training at the moment,” Mr McCollum said

Mr McCollum is the owner and operators of JMC Restaurants Ltd.

Speaking about the expansion of his McDonald's franchise business, he said:

“With Sprucefield, Banbridge and Newry, that gives me the A1 corridor,” he said.

“We employ 180 people in Sprucefield, which is the busiest drive through in the UK.

“Business is fantastic. McDonald's have had 42 quarters of continued growth, so we have done really well. Sales are good.

“All the restaurants are being open 24/7, and Banbridge will be the same. When I opened 22 years ago, it will just 10am to 10pm.

“It's all about our people. The people development, the managers, the full-time and part-time staff. They are the ones that have to deliver the service.”

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