McDonald’s has revealed which UK restaurants will open for delivery on May 13 after shutting sites due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The first 15 restaurants reopening for McDelivery only, from 11am on Wednesday 13th May are all in the south of the country.
One of those to open is in Ipswich while the others are mainly in London and Kent. Three of the McDonald’s are in Luton and another three are in Chelmsford.
Twitter users were quick to react to the news with Northerners expressing disappointment over the locations chosen by the company.
‘So instead of spreading the stores throughout the UK you open only Southern stores with some multiple stores even in the same town? Senseless!’ one user, @KelEll said.
Fries, Big Mac’s and cheeseburgers will be available to order but there will be no breakfast menu at the outset
McDonald’s tweeted back, ‘Kelly, we are working hard to reopen more restaurants and will keep you updated here as we add more.’
Kyle Thornton said, ‘As usual the north is forgotten about.’ While Kat Slyper questioned, ‘Why are they all down south is there something wrong with the north and Scotland???’
Others expressed amazement that three restaurants would be open in Chelmsford within a short distance of one another.
Northerners took to social media to express disappointment over the locations chosen by McDonald’s
Others expressed amazement that three restaurants would be open in Chelmsford within a short distance of one another
McDonald’s to open some restaurants for McDelivery … but they are all in the south
The fifteen restaurants that will open:
Ipswich Cardinal Park
Watford Hertfordshire Arms
Chaul End Lane, Luton
Beechings Way, Gillingham
Sittingbourne Retail Park
Luton George Street
As announced last week, the McDonald’s restaurants will be opening from 11am-10pm and will have a limited menu on offer. Customers will be able to order a range of favourites like cheesburgers, chicken nuggets and Big Macs. Vegetarian options will also be available including veggie dippers.
McDonald’s are introducing a range of security measures including:
·Perspex screens and floor markings will be introduced in specific areas
·Additional protective equipment including non-medical grade face masks
·All employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work, and contactless thermometers will be used to take temperatures on arrival at work for every shift
· Social distancing measures will be introduced for delivery and service partners.
McDonald’s will temporarily not be serving breakfast. The company said it will explore ways in which to help their employees safely change over menus and will reintroduce their breakfast menu as soon as possible.
Food will be delivered with the company’s partners, Uber Eats and Just Eat.
Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s CEO UK and Ireland said: ‘As part of our reopening planning, we have been listening to you and our employees, and we have worked closely with UK and Irish governments and trade bodies to help ensure we do this responsibly. We have deliberately taken our time, we want to get this right.
What will be included in McDonalds’ limited menu?
Quarter Pounder with Cheese
Sides & Desserts:
Core McFlurry (Oreo, Maltesers, Smarties)
‘We have been running controlled tests to explore the safest way to reopen our restaurants. To give us all confidence in the new operational measures we are introducing to keep you and our employees safe, we asked our employees for their thoughts, have incorporated much of their feedback and will continue to listen and learn. The tests have proven successful.
‘Rest assured, we are working hard to reopen more restaurants, but I am adamant this must be at the right pace with the wellbeing of our employees, suppliers and customers front of mind. Thank you for your patience,’ Mr Pomroy added.
McDonald’s furloughed 135,000 staff when it shut up shop temporarily in March.
It’s distributed over 400 tonnes of food to charities and food banks around the UK and Ireland since the coronavirus crisis began.
Under government rules, food firms are allowed to operate as takeaway and delivery outlets under lockdown.
Other companies which have moved to limited store reopenings or delivery-only services include Five Guys, Nando’s, KFC and Burger King.
Chicken McNuggets will be included on the new limited menu
Mororists were pictured queueing round the block at the first Burger King drive-through site to open in the UK in Havantat the end of April
Pret A Manger recently announced plans to partially reopen as pressure grows for an exit plan from the lockdown ravaging the economy.
Their shops will open near hospitals and GP surgeries for delivery and takeaway services only.
But the high street bakery Greggs has postponed reopening 20 stores next week over fears of overcrowding.
The fried chicken chain said 100 of its stores up and down the country would be able to bring orders to customers’ homes from May 4
Greggs said last week it was set to reopen some of its branches in the Newcastle area to test if it could operate without breaking social distancing rules, but has now changed its mind.
On Monday, motorists queued for hours to get a drink at Costa drive-throughs, sparking fears people are ignoring lockdown measures as more high street chains reopen.
Tailbacks stretched around the block at takeaway chains in Edinburgh, Wakefield and Glasgow as drivers waited to get their coffee fix.
Drivers were seen queuing for a coffee at Costa Drive Thru, Cameron Toll, Edinburgh on Monday morning
At the weekend, eager customers queued for more than a mile to get a coffee at a branch in Snowhill Retail Park in Yorkshire as it reopened after more than a month on Saturday.
But it has led to a furious backlash from key workers, who claim people venturing out for takeaway food and drinks are ignoring warnings and pleas from the government and NHS staff to remain at home.
TGI Fridays becomes latest fast food outlet to announce it is reopening
TGI Fridays is launching Click & Collect as part of a controlled trial across 24 of its UK restaurants. Click & Collect launches Wednesday 6th May, ahead of the May bank holiday on Friday 8th May.
Home Delivery will also be restored at the 24 locations with the company’s partners Just Eat and Deliveroo.
Launching on Wednesday, the new ordering system will allow customers to order their food and pay for it online then collect it from outside their nearest TFI restaurant, where social distancing measures will be in place.
The menu will consist of 22 of the restaurant’s favourite dishes, covering appetisers, mains, desserts and kids’ options.
The 24 selected restaurants are: Ashton-under-Lyne, Basildon, Birmingham Hagley Road, Birstall Shopping Park – Leeds (J27), Cardiff (Newport Road), Cheadle, Cheltenham, Cheshire Oaks, Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird, Enfield, Gateshead, Glasgow Fort, High Wycombe, Lakeside (West Thurrock Street), Leeds (Wellington Street), Northampton, Prestwich, Reading (Caversham Road), Sale, Sheffield, Southampton (Harbour Parade), Stevenage, Teeside and Watford North.
Five Guys kept 13 restaurants open for delivery and click and collect orders at the outset.
It then reopened 16 stores at the end of April for business and a further 16 will reopen on May 5 bringing the total to 45 out of 104 restaurants that will be open.
Stores opening on May 5 are: Ashton, Clapham, Bournemouth, Bullring, Canary Wharf, Derby, Canterbury, Cardiff – Caroline, Chester, Dundee, Harrogate, Leicester Cheapside, Maidstone, Richmond, Sheffield Valley.
Popular chicken chain Nandos shut its door on March 23 due to the pandemic.
Nandos has now opened six restaurants with four in London and two in Manchester – for delivery only.
The restaurants to reopen are: London (Clink St, Camberwell, Canary Jubilee, Gloucester Road) Manchester (Fallowfield, Printworks).
Burger King today announced on April 28 that they were opening the first drive-thrus for customers to use again. The restaurants are open in Havant, Hampshire, Dundee, Aberdeen, Reading, Hillington (Norfolk), Southampton, Merto, (London) Springfield Quay (London).
Drivers were photographed in a line around the block in Havant when the drive-thru first opened and staff were seen wearing masks and gloves over their uniforms as they handed burgers and fries to customers in Hampshire.
The popular restaurant offering Japanese and Asian food reopened its kitchens to deliver food to customers’ homes from last Thursday in Peckham and Hackney.
Fast food giant KFC announced on April 29 the reopening of another 80 branches for delivery as Britain continues to edge out of lockdown.
The fried chicken chain said 100 of its stores up and down the country would be able to bring orders to customers’ homes from May 4.