Expansion on the cards as new licensee takes over Maccas
TONY Ward is the proud new licensee of McDonald's Gladstone City and McDonald's Gladstone Kin Kora following the recent retirement of Ron and Sue Hawkins.
Relocating to Gladstone with his family in October, the South Gladstone resident has more than 10 years' experience as a McDonald's licensee on the Gold Coast and in Beaudesert.
"I saw an opportunity to join a thriving market. I'm looking forward to the challenge of running the Gladstone restaurants," he said.
"It is great to join a team that is committed to implementing the highest standards of quality and service."
While continuing the traditions that have made McDonald's such an important part of the local community, Tony is also looking to the future.
With construction of his newest restaurant at the Calliope Travel Centre nearing completion and due to open in mid-December, he also has plans to open a McDonald's restaurant in Kirkwood in mid-April.
"I am hoping to recruit 90 staff including managers and crew members before the end of the year. This is in addition to the almost 300 local people I currently employ.
"One of the first things I want to do is grow the business. I am actively recruiting and offering jobs to residents throughout the region," he said.
According to Tony, Gladstone already feels like home.
"Everyone my wife and I have met has been so friendly and we are looking forward to continuing to support the local community.
Tony said Ron and Sue were committed to giving back to the local community, a legacy that will live on at McDonald's in Gladstone.
"While Ron and Sue have flipped their last burger, we will continue supporting the local community," he said.