Official opening for new McDonald’s in Northamptonshire, but no confirmation on future of former town centre branch

Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves at the official opening of the new McDonald's in London Road, Wellingborough
Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves at the official opening of the new McDonald's in London Road, Wellingborough

A new fast-food restaurant which has created 35 new jobs has had its official opening.

Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves was recently asked to officially open the new drive-thru McDonald’s restaurant in London Road, Wellingborough.

The new restaurant features one of McDonald’s new state-of-the-art designs and offers digital menu boards and tablet computers on some of the restaurant tables for customers to enjoy while they dine.

It is one of the first McDonald’s in the area to offer customers the option to either use the traditional till services or innovative self-order kiosks.

These allow customers to browse the entire menu and check out the nutritional information of each meal at the same time.

Once customers have completed their order, they can pay by card or contactless, and then go straight to a designated area of the counter to pick up their order.

In the kitchens, new lay-outs and increased technology means McDonald’s products will be made specially to order for customers, with every burger and wrap being freshly prepared.

Local McDonald’s franchisee Perry Akhtar, who is operating the restaurant, now runs six restaurants across Wellingborough, Raunds and Northampton.

Perry will be employing 90 staff at the new restaurant, of which 35 are new jobs for the area.

The opening comes as the McDonald’s branch in the town centre has closed.

It has not yet been confirmed who will be taking over the building on the corner of Market Street, but a tweet from Prop Search, a firm of commercial property agents and chartered surveyors with offices in Northampton, Milton Keynes and Wellingborough, said: “@propsearchcom confirms Loungers set to occupy former #Wellingborough town centre Mcdonalds unit.”

The Northants Telegraph contacted Loungers for further details, but they said they were unable to give any information at this time.

However, a job advert for a general manager position with Loungers in Wellingborough was recently advertised online.