ALMOST 2000 hungry customers flocked to the opening of the new Bellbird Park McDonald’s restaurant on Saturday.
McDonald’s operations consultant Kylie Ridge said at least 40 staff had been rostered on to cope with demand on the day.
Opening celebrations included a visit and live show by Ronald McDonald, jumping castle, face painting and a bubble blowing station for youngsters and the young-at-heart.
The new restaurant features a McCafé with free Wi-Fi Internet access, a 24-hour drive-through and children’s playground, as well as modern dining facilities and convenient access and car parking.
Ms Ridge said the outlet would employ 75 staff and provide numerous full-time, part-time and casual employment opportunities, as well as nationally accredited training opportunities.
“It is a mix of experience,” Ms Ridge said.
“We have quite a few junior staff from the surrounding neighbourhoods.
“We also have senior staff who have experience in other areas.
Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and local councillor Paul Tully were on site to officially open the restaurant.
Cr Pisasale welcomed the opening and said it represented a long-term investment in the local area.
“It is good to see new businesses opening,” he said.
“McDonald’s provides a lot of training opportunities.
“It is also a good stepping stone for young kids.”
Bellbird Park McDonald’s restaurant manager, Jo Love said the outlet would be a modern and fresh place to dine as well as a boost to employment in the local community.
“This Saturday’s festivities are also a significant milestone for our team here at McDonald’s and we’ve appreciated the community support we’ve received in opening this restaurant,” she said.
Ms Love brings to the role more than 10 years of experience managing McDonald’s restaurants, including managing the Kangaroo Point and Calamvale stores.
The new outlet is located at 350 Redbank Plains Rd.