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Twenty new jobs to be created as McDonalds set for major £850k refurbishment at Broadway Shopping Centre in Bexleyheath

Twenty new jobs will be created as part of a £850,000 investment at McDonalds in Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexleyheath.

The restaurant which this year marks 35 years in Bexleyheath, is currently undergoing major refurbishment works, and will re-open in mid-March staffed by a team of 100.

A complete re-fit will see a new upstairs seating area installed for the first time with space for around 35 to 40 extra seats, as well as a new kitchen and refurbished customer restrooms.

Restaurant owner Greg Abbott, said: “We’re having a complete re-fit costing in excess of £850,000 which will bring the store bang up to date.”

It’s an exciting time for Greg who took over the McDonalds franchise 16 years ago after previously spending several years as a McDonalds employee, meaning he knows the business inside out.

“It’s a popular store, constantly busy,” said Greg, who hails from Maidstone

“But the fact is in its present format the unit has always been too small for the large number of customers who use it.”

Greg said: “We expect to put in an extra 35-40 seats. It’ll involve a complete refurbishment of the dining facilities, kitchen area, and customer restrooms.”

The latest digital screen technology and McDonalds customer service options will also be part the facelift.

Greg added: “This has been in the pipeline for about two years. I’m delighted to see the plans come to fruition and work get under way.

“We’re doing it now, in February, as this is our quietest time of year and we wanted to cause minimal disruption to our extremely loyal customers of all ages.  

“I assure them we’ll be back in business and serving them their favourites again, with a fresh new look, early in the spring and in time for the always busy Easter period.”

A rolling programme of similar refurbishments is taking place at McDonalds branches across the country giving the brand a revitalised look, much different to that of the first ever McDonalds branch to open in the UK – in Woolwich, London, in 1974. 

The Broadway Shopping Centre McDonalds is in the process of recruiting new part time staff to boost its existing team of more than 80 staff in readiness for next month’s re-opening date.  

Greg said: “With the addition of an upstairs seating area there will naturally be more customers in our store at any one time so we are employing new staff to cater for the extra numbers.

“We’ll be taking on about 20 people in all. I’m proud that we can help boost local employment in this way.” 

Broadway Shopping Centre manager Peter Sedge said: “It’s great to see this long established business continue to thrive after so many years in Bexleyheath.  

“With new job opportunities on the horizon and a plush new image this can only be good for the area and we’re all looking forward to seeing the new look restaurant.

“This much-loved branch of McDonalds has long been a place where local families gather to socialise and re-energise while at Broadway Shopping Centre, and I know many people will be eager to be among the first in line when the new look store opens its doors again.”