VIDEO: McDonald’s closes in Northampton to make way for digital revamp with high-tech tablets and digital menus

Northampton's new McDonald's to open in The Drapery on March 19 NNL-150503-151816001
Northampton's new McDonald's to open in The Drapery on March 19 NNL-150503-151816001
  • Councillor David Mackintosh will reopen the new-look McDonald’s on March 24
  • The revamped restaurant will create 20 jobs locally
  • McDonald’s will now feature high-tech equipment for customers

McDonald’s in Northampton town centre is undergoing a huge digital transformation which will create 20 new jobs.

The Drapery branch of the fast food chain is currently closed to customers after builders moved in to start work on the revamp of the restaurant.

Over the next couple of weeks the restaurant, which first opened in November 1981, will be given a high-tech makeover and will feature new self-service kiosks, digital menu boards and tablet computers.

The redesign also includes McDonald’s signature style with a bright, modern interior and exterior design, comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi.

McDonald’s will reopen to customers on Thursday, March 19 with an official opening with Councillor David Macintosh, the Leader of Northampton Borough Council, on Tuesday, March 24.

Local Franchisee Perry Akhtar, who owns and operates six restaurants across Northampton, Wellingborough and Raunds, said: “High streets are undoubtedly having a tough time at the moment, so we’re thrilled to be able to play a part in the re-generation of the area and bring an extra boost to the economy here in Northampton.

I also believe in investing in my people and am delighted to be able to create around 20 new jobs as a result of the re-design

Perry Akhtar

“Staying ahead of customer expectations is vital and the new technology we’ve introduced in this restaurant recognises the way people live their lives today.

“It’s not just about providing a fresh, new environment though; I also believe in investing in my people and am delighted to be able to create around 20 new jobs as a result of the re-design.

“With excellent training programmes and career opportunities, including the apprenticeship scheme, on offer to all of McDonald’s employees, I hope the roles will appeal to a broad spectrum of people across Northampton.”

Employees at the restaurant will benefit from improved kitchen facilities and a new ‘crew room’ with comfortable seating, a television and a computer.

Staff can use the area to study for nationally recognised qualifications in Maths or English - one of a number of varied training opportunities captured in the McDonald’s prospectus which are offered to employees to help develop transferable skills and qualifications.

Many of the new features from the Northampton restaurant will begin to appear in other McDonald’s restaurants across the country in coming months.