McDonalds set to open seventh joint

McDonalds set to open seventh joint

McDonalds set to open seventh joint

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BURGER lovers will be eating at a seventh McDonald’s restaurant in Swindon before the end of the year after planning permission was granted for an outlet in Ashworth Road.

Swindon Council granted the plans,on Tuesday.

The two-storey restaurant and drive-thru will be built on the boarded-up former site of the Abbots Cross petrol station, with traffic entering the site from Great Western Way.

There are expected to be 65 full and part-time staff, with all but the management team set to come from the surrounding community.

The restaurant will have 45 car parking bays, with eight spaces for motorcycles, two disability spaces, six cycle spaces and two bays for heavy goods vehicles.

Paul Booth, the franchisee for all McDonald’s restaurants in Swindon, said: “We are pleased that our plans to build a new restaurant in Swindon have been approved and planning conditions are currently being discharged.

“The drive-thru restaurant will bring over 65 new jobs, both full and part-time, and is expected to open before the end of the year.

“As the franchisee of six restaurants across Swindon, I am pleased that we are able to further invest in the area and look forward to working closely with the local community on our plans.”

The nearest existing McDonald’s restaurant is in Tewkesbury Way, at West Swindon District Centre, a five-minute drive from the site at Bridgemead.

The application was made by Peter Lovett and John Moulton, who are both connected with the Dick Lovett Group of car dealerships.

John, the finance director of the Dick Lovett Group, said the site in question is owned by the group’s executive pension scheme, which had no plans for the vacant site when approached by McDonald’s.

The hamburger giant then made an offer to Dick Lovett for the site, which was conditional on it receiving planning permission for the restaurant.

Now this has been granted, John expects the sale of the site to McDonald’s to go through in the near future.

The application was met with some opposition from residents in the surrounding area.

Richard Archer, of Stonybeck Close, said: “This development will add traffic problems for those of us who work along there and already struggle to get out of Ashworth Road at peak times of the day.

“Also, we will find more litter disposed of along there causing nuisance to our vehicles.”

Keith Butler, of car dealership Fish Brothers, said: “While I welcome the development of derelict land and the creation of local jobs, the effect of the increased traffic trying to access the Bridgemead roundabout must be considered further.

“We need part-time traffic lights to allow traffic coming on to the roundabout from Paddington Drive to pull out.

“The queues in the evening are already bad and it can take 10 minutes to travel only a few yards.”

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3:30pm Thu 20 Mar 14

icelolly says...

Like all the other Swindon Mcdonalds no doubt it will charge for ketchup. Just come from London where I've never paid for ketchup in a Mcdonalds. Disgusting. He must be raking it anyway if he can afford to open another branch.
Like all the other Swindon Mcdonalds no doubt it will charge for ketchup. Just come from London where I've never paid for ketchup in a Mcdonalds. Disgusting. He must be raking it anyway if he can afford to open another branch. icelolly
  • Score: -1

7:46pm Thu 20 Mar 14

faatmaan says...

why can't Mcdonalds allow a different franchisee in this area, it smacks of anti competitiveness , as already mentioned in other restaurants you get the sauces free, little things, but one person is now reaping the rewards, perhaps we could organise a month where nobody buys anything for a month from the Swindon restaurants of that brand to emphasise our dis-satisfaction with this franchisee.
why can't Mcdonalds allow a different franchisee in this area, it smacks of anti competitiveness , as already mentioned in other restaurants you get the sauces free, little things, but one person is now reaping the rewards, perhaps we could organise a month where nobody buys anything for a month from the Swindon restaurants of that brand to emphasise our dis-satisfaction with this franchisee. faatmaan
  • Score: 4

12:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

Phantom Poster says...

faatmaan wrote:
why can't Mcdonalds allow a different franchisee in this area, it smacks of anti competitiveness , as already mentioned in other restaurants you get the sauces free, little things, but one person is now reaping the rewards, perhaps we could organise a month where nobody buys anything for a month from the Swindon restaurants of that brand to emphasise our dis-satisfaction with this franchisee.
It's a business - they charge what the customer is willing to pay. It's called capitalism!

How on earth can there be "anti-competitivenes
s" WITHIN the same business?

Why buy nothing for just a month? Why not just NEVER go there again? Are you really addicted to cardboard/bland tasting burgers? Ah, I just noticed your login name - "faatman".

Perhaps just do without the ketchup (think of the calories) or go to Burger King (much superior when I have occasionally tried a burger).
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: why can't Mcdonalds allow a different franchisee in this area, it smacks of anti competitiveness , as already mentioned in other restaurants you get the sauces free, little things, but one person is now reaping the rewards, perhaps we could organise a month where nobody buys anything for a month from the Swindon restaurants of that brand to emphasise our dis-satisfaction with this franchisee.[/p][/quote]It's a business - they charge what the customer is willing to pay. It's called capitalism! How on earth can there be "anti-competitivenes s" WITHIN the same business? Why buy nothing for just a month? Why not just NEVER go there again? Are you really addicted to cardboard/bland tasting burgers? Ah, I just noticed your login name - "faatman". Perhaps just do without the ketchup (think of the calories) or go to Burger King (much superior when I have occasionally tried a burger). Phantom Poster
  • Score: 1

10:08am Fri 21 Mar 14

EmmBee says...

Agreed with the above, BK is a much better burger. Shame they didn't try for the land, them or KFC. McDs are definitely my last choice when it comes to fast food. I'd even have a Wimpy before them.
Agreed with the above, BK is a much better burger. Shame they didn't try for the land, them or KFC. McDs are definitely my last choice when it comes to fast food. I'd even have a Wimpy before them. EmmBee
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

King Doink says...

Great news!! 65 or so new jobs. Less people claiming benefits, a win win surely!
Great news!! 65 or so new jobs. Less people claiming benefits, a win win surely! King Doink
  • Score: 4

3:07pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Swindon has an obesity issue why???
Supply and demand wouldnt be opening more without the demand, read what is in the stuff. It is not food more number than letters is not ingredients.

Its a shame the healthy option restaurants are so expensive. Maybe for the price of happy meals for the little darlings a few days worth of actual food could be bought.
Swindon has an obesity issue why??? Supply and demand wouldnt be opening more without the demand, read what is in the stuff. It is not food more number than letters is not ingredients. Its a shame the healthy option restaurants are so expensive. Maybe for the price of happy meals for the little darlings a few days worth of actual food could be bought. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

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