BUSINESSMAN Jasper Maudlsey is serving up about 50 new jobs with a £1million-plus investment.
Jasper, who operates seven McDonald’s franchises across Wearside, has invested £1.2million so far this year in refurbishments of his Ryhope, Dalton Park and now High Street West branches.
The city centre restaurant re-opened just days ago.
“They have been working on it for four weeks and we were fully closed for five days,” said Jasper.
“We have refurbished upstairs and down, all the toilets have been refreshed and the crew room area as well – if you are doing something for the customers, you have got to do something for the staff too.
“As well as the physical work, we will have hired about another 50 people across the three restaurants – it is a huge investment but hopefully sales will come from it.
“It is good for the staff, too – existing employees can see there is investment being made in the place and it creates new jobs along the way, too.
Jasper has been feeling the affects of the economic downturn as much as anyone else, but believes that now, when the competition for business is at its most fierce, is the time to invest and give customers something they really want.
“You have got to cater for people more and more. You can’t just remain static, especially at times like this,” he said.
“It is about innovation all the time. That is what keeps McDonald’s as a leading fast-food company – it is always looking at new ideas in all aspects of the business.
“For instance, the stuff we do for staff now is just fantastic – apprenticeships, GNVQ Level II in Maths and English. The take-up in places like this is just fantastic.
“People don’t even need to have their own PC – there is one in the in the staff room they can use for anything they have to do to get their qualification.”