New McDonald’s boost for Larne

The proposed opening of a new McDonald’s restaurant in Larne is a “fantastic endorsement in our borough”, according to the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Councillor Peter Johnston.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 11:50 am
Council has welcomed McDonald's interest in Larne. The fast food giant has a branch in neighbouring Carrickfergus. (image by Google).

The council has confirmed the fast food giant is interested in  establishing a drive-through outlet at the former lorry car park at Circular Road.

Welcoming the announcement, the newly-elected first citizen said this was a “positive step in the reinvigoration of the local economy”.

“This is a fantastic endorsement in our borough and I am delighted to see a global giant investing locally.

The former lorry park off Circular Road roundabout, Larne.

“To have the promise of a major jobs boost for Larne and the wider area at a time when our economy is facing real and lasting hardship due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, is especially welcome news.

“I would like to assure residents they will be kept informed of any developments as the future planning process gets underway and that all steps will be taken to ensure we have the best outcome for all our citizens.”

In January, the local authority said the Ramp Lorry Car Park had been identified as land currently under utilised and it would be releasing a development brief opportunity on the open market.

Larne Cllr Gregg McKeen said: “Growing and promoting our economy in Mid and East Antrim continues to be a key focus for council, so this is fantastic news.

“The promise of new jobs for our borough is something to be celebrated, particularly as we face into uncertain times in the aftermath of coronavirus.”

McDonald’s previously had a restaurant in the town a number of years back at a nearby location, also off the Circular Road roundabout, before it closed.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter

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Michelle Weir , Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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