FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Kids in Fort St. John will have a new indoor playground to get acquainted with tomorrow.
The McDonalds in Fort St. John has been under renovations for the past few months, as the restaurant updated its interior and exterior to conform to the chain’s new “Vision 2017” modernisation program. McDonalds Area Supervisor Steve Kitney says that since the entire interior of the building was renovated, the restaurant also had a new addition build to accommodate the children’s new play area, which is the largest such Playplace in the country, and 2nd largest in North America.
The new Playplace is several hundred square feet in area, and is nearly three stories tall. Kitney says that many parents have been anticipating the reopening of the play area, which gets a lot of use during the fall and winter months. In addition to the new structure, the play area also accommodates several other features of the newly-renovated interior, including the addition of the chain’s new touchscreen self-serve order kiosks. Kitney explained that the kiosks allow parents to place an order while still being able to watch their kids at play. Part of the benefit of the new program includes service directly to customers’ tables.
Kitney added that though there are now only two staffed tills, the restaurant has actually hired twenty new staff to support the new changes. He says that the restaurant needed new employees to serve in new front-of-house positions, and that since there are now a total of ten new tills, that means more orders coming in faster. Part of the new Vision 2017 allows customers to customise their own burgers from a large list of toppings, which aren’t made until they are ordered.
Contractors were putting the finishing touches on the new play area this afternoon, and Kitney says that it will be open to the public tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. The restaurant will also be having a Grand Reopening later this month.