McDonald's set to build Newport branch creating 65 jobs

By Rob Smith | Newport | Business | Published:

Fast-food giant McDonald’s could open a restaurant at a newly developed retail park, creating dozens of jobs.

McDonald's wants to build a drive-through and restaurant in Newport

The restaurant will be opening in Newport as part of the Audley Avenue Retail Park, if an application is approved.

The arrival of the fast-food chain is predicted to bring the equivalent of 65 full-time jobs to the area.

The restaurant would have a drive-through and is set to sit alongside four shops and a branch of Lidl that will make up the mini-retail park on land to the north of the existing Aldi supermarket.

It will be located nearest to the entrance and exit of the site, joining the A41.

An aerial view of Audley Avenue Retail Park. Photo: Google

A design and access statement submitted with the application states there are 40 proposed car parking spaces, including two disabled bays, with two grill bays for drive through customers.

It also states: “The proposal is composed of a free-standing McDonald’s restaurant with drive-through with associated landscaping and car park.

“The development will fit comfortably into the surrounding area and enhance the appearance of the overall retail park.


“This will contribute favourably to the economic and social needs of Telford and Wrekin.

“The building has been designed with natural security and surveillance in mind.

“Incidents of anti-social behaviour are kept to an absolute minimum through strategies such as staff training in dealing with incidents, liaison with community police officers and use of CCTV cameras where necessary.

“By adding to the social and economic assets of the borough, this will contribute to the overall growth of Newport.”

Plans were given the go-ahead last year for the retail park to be created, despite Newport Town Team calling for the project to be rejected, saying it undermines the economic viability of the retail businesses in Newport’s town centre.

It is estimated that about 88 new jobs will be created across all the businesses at the site and a report says it could bring £2.5 million to the local economy.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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