New Burger King restaurant serves up 40 jobs at Freeport Talke
FAST food giant Burger King has opened a new restaurant and created 40 jobs.
The company welcomed its first customers to its second North Staffordshire branch at Freeport Talke yesterday.
The 259 square-metre restaurant, on the top floor of the shopping centre, caters for 86 diners and is operated by franchisee Karali Limited.
Jo Blundell, marketing director for Burger King, said: "We are very pleased to be expanding our restaurant portfolio with the addition of a new branch at Freeport Talke."
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Salim Janmohamed, managing director of Karali Ltd, added: "We are delighted to have opened our 54th restaurant which will create job opportunities in the Stoke-on-Trent area.
"We are confident that guests will like the great new look, all singing, all dancing restaurant and we look forward to welcoming them in the opening weeks."
The new restaurant includes a 'My BK' mural as part of its decor, which celebrates Butt Lane Spitfire designer Reginald Mitchell.
The mural, which features a picture of the Spitfire, will take pride of place in the dining area.
Residents have welcomed the opening of the new restaurant.
Administrative worker Charles Byatt, aged 51, of Sandon Road, Meir, said: "I think that any venture where jobs are created has to be a good thing.
"I believe that Burger King, like many others fast food chains, should take measures to offer more healthy food options but overall it's good to see some investment in North Staffordshire."
Supermarket worker Kieran Oliver, aged 23, of Stanton Road, Meir, said: "I think it is okay to build a new Burger King at a shopping centre because I like my fast food.
"If it is going to create some job opportunities for local people then it should be supported because there are not a lot going in Stoke-on-Trent at the moment.
"I can see why some people may be opposed to a new Burger King as the food can be unhealthy, but I think the job opportunities outweigh the bad points."
But Demi Emery, aged 20, from Meir, said more needed to be done to attract retailers to the area instead of fast food chains.
She added: "Even though I don't use fast food restaurants very often I would let my son eat there from time to time.
"I don't think it is a good thing to build another fast food store because there seem to be so many of them these days.
"Building a Burger King doesn't really promote a healthy lifestyle and I think the space could be used for something better."