More than 65 new jobs look set to be created with a new McDonald’s restaurant in south Belfast.
Plans are now under way to build the new ‘drive-thru’ restaurant close to Tesco Extra on the Newtownbreda Road.
It would include a 5,600 sq ft location, car parking, landscaping and play area, as part of a section of the existing Tesco car park.
According to a design statement supporting the planning application, around 65 new full-time and part-time roles could be created.
McDonald’s has expanded its footprint across Northern Ireland over the last few years, with a series of new restaurants. It also saw significant queues for some of its ‘drive-thru’ locations as customers flocked to restaurants at the beginning of lockdown in March last year.
In August, it filed a planning application to open a second new outlet in west Belfast. The application for the new site in the grounds of Ballygomartin Tesco will feature two customer order displays with canopies, electricity substation and play space.
And in October, McDonald’s said it created around 120 jobs with the opening of a new 24 hour dual-lane ‘drive-thru’ restaurant at McKinstry Road in Derriaghy.
Speaking about the investment, franchisee John McCollum said: “McDonald’s is committed to growing its business in Northern Ireland and this major investment has created significant direct and indirect employment including a boost to the manufacturing, construction and service sectors
“Since we started to reopen our restaurants our priority has been to ensure that our people and customers are kept safe. We have changed our operations and together with our suppliers, restaurant teams and delivery partners we have been able to continue serving the communities in which we operate.
“Throughout my time as a franchisee I have been committed to serving and supporting the local communities in which we serve and I am really looking forward to welcoming people from the local area and beyond to the new restaurant to enjoy a treat at McDonald’s.”
The new restaurant is located at the McKinstry Road roundabout between Lisburn and Belfast and brings the number of McDonald’s restaurants to 32 here.