FERMOY's first 'drive-thru' restaurant has come a step closer to fruition after Cork County Council gave the green light to a planning application for the facility.
In October of last year Amber Petroleum applied for a major extension to their service station on the Dublin Road, which was given the go-ahead by the local authority just before Christmas.
The plan makes provision for a single story extension to the existing restaurant/dining area at the station, which recently won the 2012 Costcutter Forecourt Store of the Year and a Best In Food to Go award.
The new building will incorporate a 'drive-thru' restaurant and take-away with external seating and a smoking area.
The plan also includes the development of additional parking spaces for 60 cars and 17 trucks, a new entrance off the Pike Road and modifications to the existing Dublin Road entrance.
The man behind the development of the successful service station, popular local businessman Dave Ryan, told The Corkman that the development would cost in the region of €1 million.
He said that he was keen to see a recognised brand name occupying the drive-thru restaurant, but refused to comment on local speculation that it might be McDonald's.
"The whole project is at a very early stage. There are a couple of names that I have heard mentioned locally, but nothing has been agreed as of yet," said Mr Ryan.
"The likelihood is that we will be operating the drive-thru ourselves under a franchise licence. At this stage in proceedings it is too early to say what that franchise may be, but we are keen on securing a recognised brand name," he added.
He hopes the new addition will attract trade from the passing M8 motorway. "That is one of the key reasons that we are keen to attract a brand name to the new facility. That is a model which has worked very well at other service stations along the M8 route," said Mr Ryan.
"A brand name would also encourage more local trade which would in turn pave the way for further development on the site in the future," he added.