McDonald's submits bid for second Coleraine outlet
Fast food giant McDonald's is planning a second drive-thru restaurant in Coleraine.
An application to build a new single storey outlet beside Asda at the Co Londonderry town's Ring Road, was submitted to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council this month.
If successful, it will double the fast food chain's presence in the town. McDonald's, which already operates at the Riverside Retail Park in Coleraine, has said up to 65 full and part-time jobs could be created.
Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons launched its bid in November to join the growing number of drive-thru outlets in Coleraine.
A report submitted by McDonald's to the council's planning officials indicates that McDonald's free-standing restaurants ideally operate on a 24/7 basis. It argues that parts of the Asda car park, which opened in Coleraine in 2005, is excess to requirements and underused.
McDonald's, which opened its first Northern Ireland restaurant in 1991, now has 26 outlets here, employing over 2,000 people.
The global fast food giant's UK business, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd, continues to be increasingly profitable. During 2017 it recorded a turnover of £1.6bn, with an operating profit of £343m, up from £282m in 2016.
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McDonald's UK portfolio stands at 1,250 restaurants and 110,000 staff. Most of its eateries, some 69%, are operated by franchisees.