Westlife Development Ltd, which owns and operates the McDonald’s brand of quick-service restaurants in India, has launched the first-ever all-female McDonald’s outlet in Ekta Nagar, close to the iconic Statue of Unity in Gujarat.

McDonald’s India West and South, owned and operated by Westlife Development Ltd, on Monday announced the launch of All-Women Crew Gold Standard Drive-Thru Restaurant in Ekta Nagar. Spread over 17,000 square feet, the restaurant seats over 130 customers and can accommodate over 60 cars and 50 bicycles for parking.

Located in front of the Statue of Unity entrance and opposite Ekta Nagar Railway Station, the restaurant is Westlife’s 45th in Gujarat.

“This McDonald’s Experience of the Future (EOTF) restaurant will have self-ordering kiosks, tabletop mobile chargers and other innovative features providing a seamless digital dining experience for its customers,” a statement read.

Provide equal opportunities

Smita Jatia, MD, Westlife Development Ltd, said: “In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of empowering women, we believe this initiative will allow us to reinforce our commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as foster communities, attracting more local women to the workforce. We aim to provide equal opportunities by improving the skills of women from neighboring villages in our restaurant Ekta Nagar.

This drive-thru has employed 28 women from nearby villages to run this restaurant, of which 90% of the female workforce is recruited by the GMR Foundation, working for the development of underserved communities through initiatives in the areas of education, health and livelihoods.

The female crew have been trained in accordance with FSSAI guidelines on all necessary safety, hygiene and other procedures at the restaurant, the statement added.

The quick-service restaurant also has a McCafé for coffee lovers. In addition to dine-in and drive-thru, the McDonald’s restaurant will also facilitate customers with delivery, takeout and travel through the McDelivery app.

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July 04, 2022

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