Friday 27 April 2018

Burger King to run new drive-thru

Fintan Lambe

The identity of Gorey's first drive-thru restaurant has finally been revealed as Burger King.

Signage was unveiled last week that the new service station under construction on the Paul Funge Boulevard in front of Tesco will be run by Applegreen.

The company will offer a Subway outlet and Lavazza coffee, as part of its service station and the Burger King fast food outlet will also be part of the offering.

It was long speculated that the design of the outlet matched the requirements of a McDonald's drive-thru, but this became less likely in recent months with the resolution of a court case where a consortium including Applegreen challenged the awarding of the contract to run the Gorey motorway service station to Topaz, which will most likely include a McDonald's outlet.

Topaz has been given the all-clear to begin work fitting out the motorway service station but it could be the end of the year before it is open. A finish date for the new Applegreen in Gorey has not yet been revealed or if it will have any effect on the other Applegreen store on the Courtown Road.

The arrival of Burger King marks the first time one of the major fast food chains has come to Gorey. The planning application for the drive-thru was opposed by most of the other takeaway owners in Gorey, many of whom are long-established and are independently owned.

They appealed Wexford County Council's decision to grant permission to An Bord Pleanála saying that 'its proximity to the Tesco development would take away from the town's core retail area'.

An Bord Pleanála rejected their complaint, and gave the go-ahead to developer Anthony Neville in March 2015 for the service station.

Gorey Guardian