Wednesday, August 28, 2013

News: New McDonald's planned for Parkgate

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Plans have been served up for a new 24-hour McDonald's restaurant and drive thru on the edge of Parkgate Shopping in Rotherham, with the potential for 65 new jobs on the menu.



The proposed freestanding 5,100 sq ft, two-storey fast-food outlet, which has been designed for customers to eat within or outside of the building, or to take away from the premises, would sit on a site between Rotherham Road and Stonerow Way that is currently home to industrial buildings.

The current buildings, which have also previously used for furniture sales, would be demolished and replaced by a building matching McDonald's new corporate style with a seating area for 115 covers. By using khaki green, timber and stone colours the aim is to achieve a subtle natural feel to the building. Glazing would be extensively used to "create a bright, lively, modern and contemporary feel for visitors to the restaurant."

The site would also include 29 parking spaces, a patio area and landscpaing.

The plans, drawn up by planning consultants, Planware Ltd, state that the "proposed McDonald's restaurant is expected to employ over 65 full and part time staff. With the exception of the management team, almost all of these will be recruited from the local community."

It adds that the out of town site lies within an allocated retail area in the council's latest Policies Map under the Local Plan and that "the site represents an appropriate location for a drive thru restaurant, which will be well placed to offer refreshments to passing customers on Rotherham Road and those in the wider retail area."

McDonald's operates almost 1,200 restaurants in the UK and has plans to open 400 more new drive thrus over the next ten years. Over 60% of restaurants are operated as local businesses by franchisees. Due to the growing success of the company, the intention is to increase the pace of acquisitions with a target of 40 new restaurant openings per year from 2014, which will create up to 2,400 new job opportunities annually.

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