BUSINESS NOTEBOOK: Burger menus go high-tech at Surrey McDonald’s restaurant

ALSO: Chapters store closing at Strawberry Hill, Club 16 to open in Newton

Al Flannagan

SURREY — THe “Create Your Taste” self-order option at one McDonald’s restaurant in Surrey is just a start for the chain.

Six big-screen kiosks offer diners 30 burger-building options at the restaurant located at Scott Road and 86th Avenue. So far, it’s among three locations in Metro Vancouver to offer the service.

The company’s goal is to have most, if not all, of its restaurants renovated to offer the self-order option by 2017 – its 50th anniversary in Canada – at a cost of close to $200,000 per restaurant. Custom burger options include two different buns, four types of cheese, nine sauces, 10 veggies and two kinds of bacon. A server delivers the meal to the table with the aid of a locator beacon.

Of course, customers can still step to the counter to order.

“This is really the evolution of how people want to order their meals today,” Al Flannagan, regional operations manager, said as he demonstrated the system for the Now.

• The Chapters at Strawberry Hill will close for good on Jan. 23.

The store has been at that location in Surrey for 15 years.

A sign at the store entrance directs customers to other Chapters locations in South Surrey and Langley.

• The Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness gym in Newton will be the chain’s largest location when it opens on Jan. 16.

The 26,000-square-foot fitness facility will be located next to the Price Pro store on King George Boulevard. A pre-registration campaign is ongoing at Trevorlindenfitness.com.

• The Overwaitea Food Group has established its first Save-On-Foods International store in the Fleetwood area of Surrey.

Formerly a PriceSmart Foods International, the store converted to reopen Nov. 6 as the company’s first Save-On-Foods International.

The store carries made-in-B.C. wine, becoming the second grocery store in the province to do so.

• Delta Cable is touting a new fibre-optic network that promises to bring faster speeds (ranging from 50 to 400 Mbps) to its internet customers. Tannis Goodfellow, the company’s sales and marketing manager, said many homes today haveup to 12 connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles and more.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with an unparalleled connected home experience,” she said. “This speed increase will give families and businesses more than enough capacity to meet growing demand for generations to come.”

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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