Flying Start for KFC

Motherwell’s new state of the art KFC drive thru restaurant got off to a flying start on Saturday as members of the staff helped local councillor Gary O’Rorke cut the ribbon and declared it open.

In his official speech, Councillor O’Rorke who was accompanied by Geraldine ElMasrour, the Manager of Motherwell Shopping Centre where the new £1.3m KFC is sited, stressed the importance of the 51 new jobs it has created.

Councillor O’Rorke said: “I am delighted to welcome KFC to Motherwell, with this brilliant state of the art drive-thru restaurant.

‘KFC’s arrival will delight their army of fans in the town, and means Motherwell people will no longer have to travel to Hamilton or Wishaw enjoy their favourite KFC meal.

“I am thrilled that the development brings with it 51 jobs for local people, all of whom will benefit from KFC’s commitment to training and staff development.

“That’s great news for them, for Motherwell’s economy and for the increased vitality it will bring to Motherwell Shopping Centre”.

Councillor O’Rorke also highlighted the working relationship between Motherwell Shopping Centre and North Lanarkshire Council as crucial in bringing major brands like KFC to the town.

Andrew McCarrol, KFC Area Manager, said: “We are very excited to be opening a KFC at the Motherwell Shopping Centre.

“The restaurant will be a great asset to the area and further increase visitors to the Centre. We have been really encouraged by the response of local residents and it has been great to officially open and welcome customers through our doors.”

William Gear, Director of Chester Properties who operate Motherwell Shopping Centre said: “Having a new KFC will give us a double boost. It will be a great facility in its own right, and it will help us keep the Shopping Centre alive in the evening, outwith normal shop trading hours.

Virtually all the new KFC jobs have been filled by people from Motherwell among them Eleanor Quinton who has been unemployed for the last six years.

Eleanor, 46, said: “Landing this job is helping me turn my life around.

“I have had health problems over the past few years, and not being able to work or find a job can be very depressing.

“I feel so lucky that I was one of those chosen by KFC, from all the applications they received.

“My manager Aileen Smith and her assistant Nicole Railton have been hugely supportive, and like the rest of the team are a joy to work with”.

Aileen Smith said: “Eleanor stood out at the interviews, as someone we just knew has the personality and the chat to interact really positively with our customers and that’s what she is doing”.

The ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off a fun day of activities for local residents with a magician, a caricaturist, a balloon modeler, a puppeteer, and many more on hand to celebrate the opening.