Murwillumbah Maccas to open
AFTER two and a half years of planning and battling community opposition, and even an asbestos scare, McDonald's will open at Murwillumbah on Monday.
But owner John Davis, who also owns three other McDonalds' restaurants on the Tweed, said his experience at Murwillumbah has not put him off from potentially launching more in the region
"We're always looking at opportunities," Mr Davis said.
"I can see another couple in the region in the next three to four years."
Mr Davis said the restaurant, which took seven months to complete, had created 82 part-time and casual positions, as well as eight full-time management jobs.
McDonalds received more than 300 employment applications from jobseekers mainly between Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.
He said the business' payroll from Monday would inject from $1-$1.5million into the region annually.
The fast-food outlet faced opposition from residents and some Tweed Shire councillors, whose concerns included the impact on existing businesses
But Mr Davis said community attitudes were softening as the spin-offs from the business grew.
McDonalds has been sponsoring the local touch football and soccer club for 18 months.
Six local contractors were employed to build the restaurant, which features a children's playground, dual lane drive-through and LCD menu screens.
Human resources representatives from the company have been visiting local schools to educate students about employment opportunities.
The restaurant is built on the site of the Norco building at 230 Tweed Valley Way, South Murwillumbah.
The restaurant will open its doors at 5am on Monday after an open day for friends and family of employees on Sunday afternoon.
An official opening will be held in January.