THE franchisee owner of north Orange McDonald’s Todd Bryant says he’s already filled 80 of the store’s 120 job vacancies in the lead-up to the fast food restaurant’s opening in four months.
While work crews still haven’t poured the concrete at the site on the corner of the Northern Distributor Road and Telopea Way, interest in the new outlet has been overwhelming said Mr Bryant.
“The quality of the people and the amount of people who have applied has been mind blowing,” he said.
However Mr Bryant said he wouldn’t appoint a manager until a few weeks before the store opens.
Mr Bryant said he’d been pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback about the new store from customers at his McDonald’s outlet in Bathurst Road.
“I haven’t had any negative comments whatsoever,” he said.
Mr Bryant said he had originally expected to see a 15 per cent drop in takings at his Bathurst Road store, once the new store opens, however he may have underestimated how popular it will be.
“I think when it opens there will be more people going there than I thought,” he said.
Mr Bryant said the new McDonald’s, which will open 24-hours a day, will be employ state-of-the art technology to allow customers to place orders, for both the drive through and eat-in sections, using a McDonald’s phone app.
Customers will also be able to use the app to prepay for their meals.
Mr Bryant said he’d welcome more fast food outlets opening in the north Orange precinct.
“I think from a convenience point of view people are attracted to where there are groups of restaurant facilities”, he said.
“I think it’s going to be great up there.”
Mr Bryant said any concerns over traffic congestion in the area had been resolved since the installation of new traffic lights.
“I’ve spoken to staff, customers and even a taxi driver and they all said it’s great up there now,” he said.
“You many have to wait an extra 30 seconds up there but at least there’s not going to be any accidents.”