McDONALD’S franchisee Ken Tomkins is spending some serious money on his two new branches of the fast food restaurant chain in Milton Keynes.
New city resident Mr Tomkins, 47, took on the branches at Xscape and at Westcroft District Centre in November and is pumping in about £800,000 in a programme of refurbishment.
“We’ve had the same decor since the year 2000,” said Mr Tomkins in an interview at Xscape on Thursday (April 12). “We’re only the fourth McDonald’s in the country to get this new look.”
New signs, decor and furniture have taken away the open plan nature of the old restaurants and added a variety of seats, with a splash of colour and a degree of snug-like privacy.
The Westcroft District Centre restaurant, in Barnsdale Drive, will be refurbished in the summer with an investment in the order of £500,000.
Marathon-running Mr Tomkins, who has a degree in US and Russian studies, will be recruiting between 30 and 35 more people, including in management roles, across his two restaurants.
Mr Tomkins wants to see more people choosing a career at McDonald’s. He started off as a trainee with the company at the age of 21. He even met his wife while working for McDonald’s in Chicago before deciding to “do what everyone really wants to do” and became a franchisee.
McDonald’s has its own apprenticeship programme but, despite people thinking that anyone can work for the fast food chain, out of every 15 or 16 people who apply through the company website, only one of them gets employed.
Mr Tomkins, who ran 500 of the company’s UK restaurants before taking a franchise, welcomed the decision to open a casino at Xscape.