McDonald's is testing a 'walk-thru' for pedestrian customers

McDonald’s is testing a drive-thru for customers without cars.

A McDonald’s in Llandudno, North Wales recently opened a drive-thru lane for pedestrian customers, reports The Sun. The test was reportedly an immediate success, leading to the restaurant making the walk-thru lane a permanent fixture.

However, there is one major catch: the walk-thru is only open between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m.

The walk-thru lane was debuted to serve customers leaving a nearby nightclub, and, as a result, is only available to customers willing to stay out until at least 2:30 in the morning. While the Llandudno McDonald’s main restaurant closes at midnight, the location’s drive-thru has a 24-hour licence. Basically, the walk-thru provides a solution to the problem of how to serve car-less customers craving McDonald’s after an evening of clubbing, even when sit-down service had wrapped up in Llandudno for the day. 

This new service makes Llandudno one of a handful of McDonald’s with a pedestrian walk-up option, including a location in Savannah, Georgia.

However, it doesn’t seem likely that McDonald’s will expand the test at other locations around the world, unless there there is a proven local demand.

In fact, the Llandudno McDonald’s seemed surprised by the success of the walk-thru.

“Wow  — the news of our walk thru is getting big,” the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page last week, posting The Sun’s article reporting on the news.

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