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Sunday 21 September 2014

Service Station opens on old Cullenmore site

Myles Buchanan

Published 04/06/2014 | 05:22

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The new Applegreen Service Station at the old Cullenmore Hotel.

The newly-opened Applegreen Service Station on the M11 includes the first Burger King drive through along the Irish motorway network.

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The newly-opened Applegreen Service Station on the M11 includes the first Burger King drive through along the Irish motorway network.

The service area on the site of the former Cullenmore Hotel cost €7 million to construct and opened officially on Thursday.

200 jobs were created during the construction phase of the development and the M11 route carries an average of 35,000 motorists per day at the Coynes Cross junction.

Joe Barrett, director of operations for Applegreen, says, 'We have invested heavily in the Irish economy across our network and this further motorway service area investment of €7m for the M11 and Wicklow is just the latest demonstration of our commitment to provide outstanding value and quality to the Irish motorist and indeed the non-motoring public who visit Applegreen stores.'

The new service station also boasts a Burger King restaurant and is the first drive through to be located along Ireland's network of motorways. The 140 seater restaurant created 18 new jobs

Commenting on the opening, Bruno Lino, Vice President and General Manager, North Division for Burger King says, 'We are excited to expand the Burger King brand in this important market, and look forward to welcoming guests in County Wicklow to experience the great-tasting, high-quality products that have delighted Burger King guests for 60 years.'

The site used to be home to the old Cullenmore Hotel. Planning permission for the new service area was sought by Applegreen in May 2012 and was granted by Wicklow County Council in November 2012. An Bord Pleanála upheld the County Council's decision following an appeal process in June 2013.

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