Arches are up and doors are open at Te Atatu Rd McDonald's

Restaurant manager Song Zhao says the opening few days have been "crazy" for the team at his new McDonald's.

Restaurant manager Song Zhao says the opening few days have been "crazy" for the team at his new McDonald's.

It's been open for less than a week but restaurant manager Song Zhao says fries and burgers are flying out the doors.

The new Te Atatu Rd McDonald's in west Auckland opened on May 13 with a number of locals behind the counter.

The restaurant has employed 40 staff with 33 new hires – the majority of which live in Te Atatu.

The $2 million dollar project seated 30 customers and included a McCafe, digital menu boards and self-ordering kiosks.

It hasn't been an entirely smooth opening, however. 

In March 2016, an action group was set up by concerned resident on Facebook called "No 24hr drive-thru in Te Atatu Peninsula".

About 870 residents signed a petition asking the council to publicly notify them of the plan.

The Te Atatu restaurant would now be open seven days, from 6am to midnight, and the drive-thru open from 7am to 10pm. 

Anna Duthie, 16, was a student and Te Atatu Peninsula local now working at the McDonald's.

She said it was an exciting time for herself, the new crew and the community. 

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McDonald's franchisee Dinesh Mani, who also owned the New Lynn, Henderson, Avondale, and Kelston fast-food restaurants said McDonald's was one of the country's largest employers of youth, and being able to give young people local job opportunities was one of the most rewarding parts of opening a new restaurant.

"My first job was working behind the till at McDonald's whilst I was studying, so it's fantastic that I can now give the same opportunity to Anna and other Te Atatu people," Mani said.

"I always dreamed of owning my own restaurant and McDonald's provided me with management training which laid the foundation for me to become a franchisee. Hopefully the jobs we have created by opening the restaurant are just the first step in a successful career path for many of the new team."  

There were 167 McDonald's restaurants across New Zealand, more than 80 per cent of which were owned and operated by local business men and women, McDonald's said in a press release.

 - Stuff


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