McDonald's franchisee Justin Stonelake in the redeveloped
dining room of the Great King St restaurant. Photo by Craig
Completion of a $2 million redevelopment of the
McDonald's Great King St restaurant has been welcomed both by
customers and staff.
Construction began in September to remodel the north Dunedin
restaurant, which has substantially increased the size of the
dining area. It also involved expansion of the rest of the
building, including kitchen and storage areas.
While there was disruption to both customers and staff,
franchise owners Justine and Eterei Stonelake wanted to keep
the restaurant open during the redevelopment, to protect
jobs. It had probably doubled the footprint of the
restaurant, Mr Stonelake said.
The dining room had gone from seating about 20 to more than
80 and the black seats were interspersed with seating in the
Otago colours of blue and yellow. The Otago theme continued
with large images of a capping parade, Larnach Castle, a
Highlanders game and the University of Otago.
It was about the third restaurant in New Zealand to get a new
service platform, which included a new ordering system.
Before the redevelopment, it was known as a student
restaurant and while it would still be known as a popular
haunt for students, there were increasing numbers of families
patronising it, he said. More staff were likely to be
employed as a result of sales expectations. Redevelopment was
planned for the George St restaurant next year.