Construction of a new McDonald’s restaurant and drive-thru has begun and kick-starts the £30 million redevelopment at The Junction in Antrim, Northern Ireland. The multi-million-pound regeneration plans for the retail and leisure scheme began last month.
Lotus Property, who acquired the scheme in 2016 and received outline planning permission at the end of 2017, states this expansion is just the start of the major plans to revitalise The Junction Northern Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure destination.
The new McDonald’s restaurant, opening in late 2018, and occupying 4700sft, will be the first operator in the new food zone outside the Omniplex at the centre. Alongside this, an estimated 475 new job opportunities will be created by the scheme’s improvements as it welcomes new store signings including in the coming months.
Lotus Property asset and property management director, Alastair Coulson comments:
“Phase one of our redevelopment is underway after a year of planning consultations and we couldn’t be happier. McDonald’s is a perfect complement to the retailer portfolio, leading the way for more restaurant offerings in the new food zone. It is great to see The Junction becoming the ultimate shopping and leisure destination we set out to create.”
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “Construction for a new McDonald’s restaurant at The Junction in Antrim has begun, with completion due in late 2018. A new restaurant will bring significant investment to the local area and we look forward to being part of the local community.”
On completion, The Junction will be redesigned with four distinct quarters; food and drink, home retail, supermarket and shopping and leisure. These will include new retail units, two new drive-thrus, new café and restaurants, a new road infrastructure and a full landscaping plan.