The McDonald’s restaurant at the Dundalk Shopping Centre has been given the go ahead for 24 hour opening, The Dundalk Democrat can reveal.
McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland Ltd have recently been granted planning permission by Dundalk Town Council to extend their opening hours at their premises at the junction of Hill Street and Stapleton Drive.
The restaurant previously only had permission to open between the hours of 7.30am and midnight but the council’s decision to extend their opening hours will make them the only 24 hour fast food premises in the town centre.
Despite this landmark decision, The Democrat understands that McDonald’s have no intention of pushing ahead with 24 hour opening until work is completed on the planned e25 million Tesco superstore at the site of the current shopping centre.
That development will see the construction of a new 10,136sqm two-storey building.
The ground floor will consist of three retail units and a surface level car park for 524 cars. The Tesco superstore will occupy the first floor, incorporating a restaurant/cafe, an off-licence, internet cafe and more. Work on that project has been delayed due to an An Bord Pleanala appeal by local residents but the recent commencement of work in demolishing the former Emo filling station on site suggests that the developers are confident of getting approval.
McDonald’s are hopeful that their 24 hour opening will compliment the new multi-million euro development, which is hoped will create a landmark to the Marshes character area.
As well as being granted 24 hour opening, McDonald’s have also been given the go ahead to carry out alterations to the restaurant’s elevations including modifications to all booth windows and alterations to the roof, including new roof signs to replace those there at present.
There is also plans to replace the existing site signage and height restrictor with new ones while the go ahead has been given for new seating and railings to the pavement at the front of the building.