February 28, 2020 5.13 pm This story is over 50 months old

Work starts to convert former Lincoln HMV into new High Street McDonald’s

Scaffolding is up around the building

Work has begun to convert Lincoln High Street’s former HMV store into a new McDonald’s restaurant in the city.

As previously reported, the City of Lincoln Council granted permission for the fast food chain’s outlet in the Cornhill Quarter to move onto the High Street. Both units are under the same ownership with Lincolnshire Co-op.

Workers were seen inside the High Street unit this week and scaffolding is up around the building.

McDonald’s has yet to confirm when the High Street restaurant will open, but The Lincolnite understands it could be in May. The Cornhill branch continues to trade as normal.

McDonald’s in Lincoln’s Cornhill. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

In its plans, McDonald’s previously confirmed that all 83 members of staff will be moved to the new location and the restaurant will retain its 24-hour opening times.

The fast food chain said the move came as part of “the landlord’s desire to relocate a number of tenants within the centre”. It added: “As such, there is not expected to be any net gain or loss of retail development from this proposal.”

McDonald’s currently has five restaurants in Lincoln including the one in the Cornhill. The other four are on Rope Walk, The Carlton Centre, Moorland Way and at Gateway Park on Newark Road.

HMV has already moved and opened its new store in the Cornhill Quarter last month with a much bigger vinyl record collection. It opened in place of BrightHouse next to Heron Foods on Friday, January 24.