A REFURBISHED fast-food restaurant is creating at least 10 new jobs after a £420,000 investment.
McDonald’s in Marina Way, Hartlepool is now one of the biggest in the region after expanding the restaurant to seat 125 people.
The revamp also includes a digital drive-thru with video updates of orders placed as well as new interior.
And the restaurant is also testing out new 24-hour opening times.
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond officially re-opened the restaurant earlier this week and said it is great to see businesses investing in the town.
He said: “In the current climate it’s fantastic to see one of the biggest companies in the world investing in Hartlepool.
“The restaurant is in a prime location and I think it will continue to prove very popular.
“It’s a testament to the owner who is full of ideas and I am delighted to support him.”
Mark Nuttall, the franchise owner of the restaurant, said: “It is great to see all of the work complete and I am absolutely overjoyed with the outcome.
“We had an extremely busy year last year, especially during The Tall Ships Races which was amazing but one thing we did find was that we were often short of space.
“This refurbishment has enabled us to add more than 25 new seats as well as giving the interior of the restaurant a new image added to changes in the drive-thru.”
As well as the expansion, the restaurant will now open for 24 hours on a Friday and Saturday and will remain open until 1am all other days.
Mark added: “We thought it would work well to stay open 24 hours on those days.
“It is another option for people who have to work late shifts and so far it has proved very popular.
“We are currently looking at taking on around 10 new members of staff to help cope with the demand of people having to work new shifts.”
Even more jobs may be created when Mark expands again and takes over the McDonald’s restaurant in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre at the end of this month.
The businessman has plans to refurbish the front counter and dining area of that restaurant, which he hopes to have completed by the end of June.