Staffing challenges slow fast food restaurants in High Point

HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) – Staff shortages are causing a slowdown in fast food. Almost every fast food restaurant on South Main Street in High Point has signs advertising job openings.

Tyshawn Lilly, the manager of South Main Street McDonald’s, says staffing issues started with the pandemic. They weren’t able to fully rebound.

“We desperately need people to come to work. If you can come for an interview, you can come in. If you can come in and make the request, make the request. We just need people to come and work. Lily said. “We are looking for managers. We are looking for cashiers. We are looking for cooks.

Lilly says the restaurant is just getting back to normal after losing 10 employees in the past two weeks.

“It hurt us a lot,” he said.

McDonalds isn’t the only place on a staffing rollercoaster. Signs are also posted outside Wendy’s, the Metro and nearby KFC.

The lack of staff means customers have to wait a bit longer and the drive-thru lines are slowing down a bit.

Until these restaurants can get things back to how they were before the pandemic, they’re hoping customers can put up with them.

“Just be patient with us, and we’ll get back to where we used to be fully staffed and making sure all customers are happy,” Lilly said.

McDonald’s on South Main Street is hosting a hiring event on May 10.

They hope it will attract much needed help.

Richard Dement

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