Supermac's to build next Obama plaza in Longford
Supermac's chief Pat McDonagh has got the green light to build an Obama Plaza-style development in Longford.
Longford County Council has granted planning permission for the multimillion-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 Obama Plaza based at Moneygall.
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," Mr McDonagh added.
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 in 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 Group, owned by Pat and Una McDonagh, is also creating 100 jobs through the refurbishment of three of its hotels.