McDonald's India West and South, owned and operated by Westlife Development Ltd has announced the launch of its first-ever All-Women crew Gold Standard Drive-Thru Restaurant in Ekta Nagar. This special McDonald's restaurant is in the vicinity of the state-of-the-art Statue of Unity. Strategically located just before the entrance to the Statue of Unity and opposite the Ekta Nagar Railway station, the Drive-Thru is spread over 17,000 square feet, seats more than 130 customers, and accommodates 60+ car parking and 50+ bike parking spots. With this launch, Westlife now owns and operates 45 restaurants in Gujarat.
This McDonald's Experience of the Future (EOTF) restaurant will have self-ordering kiosks, table-top mobile chargers, and other innovative features offering a seamless digital dining experience to its customers.
Smita Jatia, MD, Westlife Development Ltd,said, "It is an honour for us to launch our maiden All-Women employee led Drive Thru Restaurant in Ekta Nagar - at the land of the prestigious Statue of Unity. In line with the Prime Minister's vision of women empowerment, we believe that this initiative will enable us to strengthen our commitment towards diversity and inclusion as well as fostering communities, by bringing in more women from the region to the workforce. We aim to provide equal opportunities by upskilling women from neighbouring villages at our Ekta Nagar restaurant. We are excited to provide a unique and inspiring dining and drive thru experience to the tourists by our committed women staff."
This Drive-Thru has employed 28 women from nearby villages to run this restaurant, of which 90% of the women workforce are recruited from the GMR Foundation, working for the development of under-served communities through initiatives in education, health and livelihoods.
The women crew helming this restaurant have been trained as per FSSAI guidelines on all the necessary safety, hygiene and other restaurant procedures. This McDonald's restaurant will serve its ever-popular menu items like Maharaja Mac, McAloo Tikki, McVeggie, Filet-O-Fish, McSpicy Paneer/Chicken, the newly launched Gourmet Burger Collection along with its classic fries, desserts and much more. The quick service restaurant also has a McCafé for coffee enthusiasts where they can savour its handcrafted coffee and go through a perfect café experience.
In addition to dine-in and drive thru, this McDonald's restaurant will also facilitate customers with delivery, takeout and on-the-go via the McDelivery app.
Shares of Westlife Development Ltd was last trading in BSE at Rs. 497.80 as compared to the previous close of Rs. 491.70. The total number of shares traded during the day was 4943 in over 776 trades.
The stock hit an intraday high of Rs. 499.85 and intraday low of 478.00. The net turnover during the day was Rs. 2437830.00.