A new McDonald’s opened on Lincoln High Street on Wednesday after the Cornhill store’s relocation into the former HMV unit.
The new two-storey restaurant opened at 11am on August 26 for both dine-in and takeaway.
It will initially be open daily from 6am to midnight before moving to 24 hours once coronavirus restrictions ease further. Breakfast will be served between 6am to 11am.
From Thursday, August 27 people will be able to start ordering for delivery via Uber Eats and Just Eat. You can also order in advance of going into the store via the McDonald’s mobile app.
Technology that wasn’t present at the Cornhill branch has been introduced into the new restaurant such as self-order kiosks, which are currently being encouraged for use as the preferred method of ordering.
Customers ordering via self-order kiosk will then take a card to place on their table, which will electronically let staff know what table food and drinks need taken to.
All 83 members of staff from the Cornhill branch transferred across to the new restaurant and there is potential for new jobs to be created in the future.
Franchisee James Thompson has worked for McDonald’s for around 30 years, starting as a crew member before working as Operations Manager in the North East in his last post.
James now owns the High Street store, as well as the outlets on Moorland Way in Lincoln, Gateway Park in South Hykeham and one in Skegness.
He told The Lincolnite: “It’s a fabulous opportunity for the staff, but also the customers. The investment has enabled us to create more convenience for the customer journey.
“At this time, given the situation globally, it is a huge relief for not only me as a business owner, but also for the staff, to now be open. It is an improved location, the store frontage is more visible, and it’s a beautiful listed building.”
The former branch in the Cornhill has now closed and the building is boarded up.
Plans to turn it into a new shop, restaurant or cafe were given the go ahead by officers at City of Lincoln Council this spring.