McDonald’s set to open second drive-thru lane

Second LANE: McDonald's in Spalding. SG140113-222NG
Second LANE: McDonald's in Spalding. SG140113-222NG

McDonald’s in Spalding is set to open a new “side by side” drive-thru to give a speedier service to its customers.

Work begins next week and the three-week project includes installation of a second drive-thru order point.

The fast food restaurant on Holbeach Road will remain open while building works are carried out over the next three weeks, but the drive-thru itself will be closed until at least Friday, February 8.

The side by side service is expected to be up and running by Monday, February 11, but one lane could be open the Friday before.

Spalding McDonald’s business manager Russell Simpson said the major changes are a new lane across the back of the restaurant, which will run parallel to the existing drive-thru, and the new order post.

Mr Simpson said: “There will be limited parking on site but we will be open in the restaurant fully.

“The majority of the company owned stores will be having these installed and it’s just a new service platform that the company are rolling out.”

He said the side by side drive-thru is the biggest investment at the restaurant since a major refurbishment was carried out in 2010.

McDonald’s employs 100 people at Spalding and it’s one of the town’s busiest food outlets.

The Spalding branch currently opens from 5am-midnight seven days a week, but has in the past traded 24 hours a day.

Mr Russell said the company is looking at returning to 24-hour trading.

He said McDonald’s never had a permanent licence to trade round the clock.

“I believe it was always temporary,” he said. “I think it just wasn’t renewed.”