McDonald’s is planning to roll out a nationwide delivery service with trials beginning at a number of restaurants in June.
IT’S either the ultimate indulgence for fast-food fans – or every public health campaigner’s worst nightmare.
Soon residents in the Capital will be able to enjoy a McDonald’s without having to get off their sofa.
That’s after the restaurant giant announced plans to roll out its home delivery service across the UK.
McDonald’s said it hoped to be bringing Big Macs and fries straight to customers’ doors in Edinburgh within the next 18 months.
And the announcement proved hugely popular with Evening News readers after we broke the news on our Facebook page yesterday.
More than 700 people responded to our post – but Tam Fry, chair of the National Obesity Forum, urged caution.
He said: “What bothers me particularly is that it just increases the sedentary aspect of our lifestyle.
“In the old days at least you had to walk down to McDonald’s to get whatever you want but now you don’t even have to do that. I would have thought this is just going to add to the general malaise of not moving off the couch.”
It has been reported that McDonald’s will team up with food delivery services such as Deliveroo or UberEats – which launches in the Capital today – to get meals to hungry customers’ own homes.
Trials are expected to begin in June, with the chain hoping to have the entire UK covered by the end of the next year.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “It is no secret we have been looking at the potential of delivery in recent months. This service is offered in other markets around the world and its growth within the UK
continues to gather pace. Listening to our customers, we know that this is a route they would like us to explore, and I can confirm that we are looking to launch a small delivery pilot this summer.”
The home delivery service will coincide with the release of the new McDonald’s app – which customers can use to order food to their tables within restaurants.