Fast food giant McDonald’s has opened its first ‘Delivery Kitchen’ in Hanworth, west London, to help nearby restaurants meet the demand from McDelivery orders.
The new kitchen is part of a wider trial to test different restaurant formats. Most recently, the group opened ‘McDonald’s to Go’, a small format restaurant located in Fleet Street, London.
It added that the opening will “ensure” that restaurants in the surrounding area can continue to provide the service and convenience that its “customers expect”, while ensuring that McDelivery customer also have a “great experience”.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “The Hanworth delivery kitchen is not open to the public, but is clearly signposted and it is made clear on the receipt and on the UberEats app that the food is prepared in this location.
The kitchen looks and feels exactly the same as all of our other kitchens up and down the country, and will deliver the same great tasting food our customers expect and adhere to exactly the same standards of food quality.
The news comes after McDonald’s chief executive, Steve Easterbrook, was fired after having a relationship with an employee.
The fast food giant said Easterbrook had “violated company policy” and shown “poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee”.
The BBC said Easterbrook “acknowledged” the relationship and said it was a “mistake”. He added: “Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on.”
On 1 March 2015 he became the CEO of the company, succeeding Don Thompson, who stepped down on 28 January 2015.
Easterbrook will be replaced by Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald’s USA