A town restaurant has undergone a jobs-boosting transformation after it was taken over by a new franchise holder.
Ten jobs have been created at McDonald’s at Hartlepool Marina, which now has new franchisee Jasper Maudsley at the helm.
Jasper now owns and operates the three McDonald’s restaurants in the town including the stores on Burn Road and in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, and he told of his commitment to the town.
Ten jobs have been created and the transformed restaurant was officially opened by Civic Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Mary Fleet and Mayoress Sheila Griffin.
McDonald’s bosses say many of the new features from Hartlepool will begin to appear in other McDonald’s restaurants across the UK.
The changes at the Marina outlet include self-order kiosks, increased technology in the kitchen, and free to use tablets at some tables for customers who want to check their newsfeed and emails or play games.
Jasper said: “I’m thrilled to expand my business into Hartlepool, and oversee the transformation at the Marina because we’re committed to offering our customers more choice and fast service.
“To ensure we continue to create an outstanding customer experience, I am also continuing to invest in my people through our industry-leading training programmes and career opportunities.”
Paul Pomroy, chief executive of McDonald’s UK, said: “We are confident that the investment we are making will bring new and exciting changes to McDonald’s in Hartlepool and across the rest of the UK.”