New Lincoln High Street McDonald’s now open

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.

Lincoln’s newest McDonald’s is spread across two floors. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Self-ordering kiosks will help give the customer a more convenient experience. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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.

McDonald’s opened a new branch on Lincoln High Street on August 26. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Thompson is the franchisee at the new McDonald’s restaurant on Lincoln High Street. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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.”

Social distancing measures are in place including floor markings. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

McDonald’s former branch in the Cornhill area of Lincoln has been completely boarded up. Photo: The Lincolnite

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.

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