Construction work began last week on a new £1.3 million KFC drive-thru restaurant in Motherwell Shopping Centre which will open in May.
The restaurant will be based in the south car park near the West Hamilton Street exit and will serve up around 50 full and part-time jobs when it opens in May.
Centre manager Geraldine El Masrour flagged off the first mechanical digger along with Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Gary O’Rorke.
She said: “KFC will give Motherwell Shopping Centre a real boost.
“It will attract new and existing customers, who will stay longer, and it will help us create an evening economy by keeping the centre alive at night.”
Motherwell Shopping centre is contributing £600,000 towards the project and the new restaurant will be built using some of the latest innovations in design and green technologies.
Mrs El Masrour added: “We are committed to working with KFC and their contractors to ensure that the construction work does not impact on the service we provide for our customers.
“We have good, well managed parking facilities, free for a stay of up to three hours, in the south car park, and the Menteith Road car park, so shoppers should be able to find a space in one or other of them.”
Councillor O’Rorke said: “I am particularly pleased that KFC is committed to providing local jobs for local people, with a lot of flexibility to meet the needs of people like working mums who can’t necessarily work full time.
“I noticed a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the shopping centre after Chester gave it a major facelift, and North Lanarkshire Council has played its part with improvements to the streetscapes around the centre, and in a joint venture to provide free WiFi”.
KFC already has four other North Lanarkshire restaurants in Wishaw, Cumbernauld, Coatbridge and Bargeddie.
KFC’s Neil Armour-Smith said: “We are delighted to have construction underway in Motherwell Shopping Centre which is really buzzing.
“The new store will create around 50 jobs with real career paths and accredited training at every stage, including apprenticeships.
“A majority of these will be part time, which will bring choice and flexibility to the local labour market.”