Faversham is poised to get its first-ever McDonald’s subsequent 12 months when a brand new restaurant opens off the Thanet Method.
Following years of hypothesis as as to whether the golden arches will ever seem within the city, builders have this week unveiled a plan to serve up a drive-thru on the outskirts.
The fast-food outlet is about to be positioned off the coast-bound Thanet Method, close to to Dargate, simply earlier than the service station and Travelodge.
Faversham has lengthy been untouched by the likes of McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King, with residents travelling additional afield to get their fast-food repair.
Builders hope the brand new restaurant will faucet into the demand for these craving a Massive Mac, in addition to relieve congestion woes which repeatedly blight the Chestfield department 4.3 miles away.
Josh Wilson, from George Wilson Growth – the agency behind the plan – says the restaurant will likely be in a major location.
“We’re hoping the brand new McDonald’s will take among the visitors away from Chestfield,” he stated.
“It’s one of many busiest McDonald’s in Kent and the drive-thru there may be fairly gridlocked.
“Folks in Faversham haven’t obtained a McDonald’s and for his or her nearest one, they need to drive to Sittingbourne.
“This new one will cease them from having to do this. It isn’t going to really be in Faversham, so city residents don’t have anything to concern about litter or elevated visitors.
“It’s well-located and the demand is there.”
Mr Wilson hopes the proposals, which have been this week validated with Swale Borough Council, will likely be selected this autumn – paving the best way for development work to start.
McDonald’s – envisaged to create 30 full-time jobs – is then earmarked to open subsequent 12 months.
The drive-thru and dine-in restaurant will kind a part of a brand new enterprise park house to a few industrial models, together with a storage hub for Kent-based leisure agency Luna Cinema.
The corporate, which is majority-owned by trade big Sony, prides itself on being the “nation’s main producer of open-air cinema occasions” – internet hosting film screenings at places resembling Leeds Fortress and Clapham Widespread.
The brand new base off the Thanet Method will home the enormous screens and be used as a distribution centre.
It has not but been revealed which different corporations will likely be taking over residence on the enterprise park, however Mr Wilson says talks are ongoing.
The two.5-acre triangular plot of land, encircled by Highstreet Highway and the Plumpudding Lane overbridge crossing the Thanet Method, is at the moment a grassy paddock used for grazing.
Mr Wilson says the location could have photo voltaic panels and a number of electrical car charging factors.
It’s anticipated the brand new enterprise park will create about 200 jobs.