McDonald’s restaurant in historic Belper building to close next month

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The McDonald’s restaurant at the Belper Orangery is to close next month after 20 years’ trading as the building is no longer fit for purpose.

The company and local franchisee Ken Hair have taken the joint decision to close the doors for the final time at 9pm on Saturday, April 14.

The restaurant’s 58 employees have been given the option to relocate to one of Ken’s three other McDonald’s restaurants in Ripley, Langley Mill, and Breadsall in Derby.

Ken, who has run the franchise since July 2000, said: I have been very proud to operate the restaurant in Belper for the past 18 years.

“The decision to close the restaurant has not been taken lightly but is a decision driven by change.”

McDonald’s has occupied the 19th century building on Chapel Street since 1998, and seen it sensitively restored to respect heritage details and surrounding architecture.

Historically, it served as the premises of George Brettle and Company, which produced stockings for Queen Victoria.

The weight of history has proved too much of a burden for Ken though, as he sought to keep pace with changes in technology and consumer behaviour.

He said: “McDonald’s is a progressive and modern company, committed to offering increased choice and convenience for our customers.

“In my other restaurants we have undertaken digital transformations in recent years, introducing features including digital kiosks, table service and our new kitchen design, which enables us to freshly prepare each of our customer’s food to order.

He added: “The changes also set us up for future menu development and offerings such as our McDelivery service and unfortunately, the nature of Belper Orangery building, and listed status, means it cannot accommodate the changes we require.”

“We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and support over the years along with all the staff that have been associated with the Belper Orangery restaurant. We look forward to wishing them a fond farewell over the coming weeks.”