Supermac's chief gets green light to build Obama-style plaza in Longford
Up to 100 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the development
Supermac's chief Pat McDonagh has gotten the green light to build an Obama-style plaza in Longford.
Longford County Council have granted planning permission for the multi-million euro development on the Ballinalee road, off the N4.
There were a number of objections to the construction of the drive-thru restaurant and food court, similar to the larger one based at Monegall.
Most concerns involved the potential negative impact of traffic congestion and safety on the N4 bypass.
The council approved the plans after receiving further information around the plaza plans from Mr McDonagh.
Up to 100 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the development, according the fast food chain's founder.
"These are jobs that will help sustain the region and are intended to generate a social dividend," he said.
"They are jobs intended to give young people the opportunity to develop catering, retail and hospitality careers in Longford if they wish to do so."
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Last month, Supermac's announced that 200 new roles were to be created with the opening of three new outlets in Wexford, Waterford and Kinnegad, Westmeath.
Construction has already begun in Kinnegad and building is due to begin in Wexford, the first Supermac’s in the county, and in Waterford.
Three other stores are in the pipeline in Letterkenny, Ennis and Portlaoise.
Meanwhile, the SÓ Hotels Groups, owned by Pat and Una McDonagh, are also creating 100 jobs through the refurbishment of the Athlone Springs Hotel, the Castle Oaks House Hotel, Limerick and the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise.
Supermac’s currently has 116 outlets in Ireland and the SÓ Hotels Group also comprises The Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, The Castletroy Park Hotel and The Charleville Park Hotel.