Gary St George has knocked back a chance to take on two new McDonald’s stores.
Gary St George has knocked back a chance to take on two new McDonald’s stores. File Image

Rocky to get more McDonald's

ROCKHAMPTON’S McDonald’s empire is set to expand by two new stores, but the city’s franchise king Gary St George won’t be part of it.

Yesterday Mr St George, who runs Rockhampton’s two current stores and Yeppoon’s one, said it was time for him to start slowing down.

The new stores, both expected to be opened by year’s end, will create between 100 and 150 jobs and inject $1.5m a year in wages into the city.

While acknowledging the new stores – one restaurant on Musgrave Street in the old Kmart car park near Stockland Rockhampton and a food court site inside the big shopping centre – were going to be competition to his two city stores, Mr St George said that was part of life in business.

“That’s fine for competition,” he said.

“They did originally offer them to me, but I didn’t want them.

“They do have a new licensee.”

Mr St George owns the McDonald’s stores at Glenmore, south Rockhampton and Yeppoon. The south Rockhampton store is understood to be one of the busiest in the country.

He has built up his McDonald’s empire during the past 21 years.

“McDonald’s are an outstanding organisation,” Mr St George said.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Amy McNaughton said the company had begun construction of the new McDonald’s restaurant that would be situated on Musgrave Street.

“This restaurant will be a modern-designed restaurant complete with drive thru, McCafe and Playland and, all going to plan, we hope to open the doors in December this year,” Ms McNaughton said.

“We are also still in discussion with Stockland regarding a food court site in the extended shopping centre and are hoping to open this restaurant in late October, early November.

“Between the two restaurants we expect to provide employment and training opportunities for between 100 and 150 people in a range of positions from casual crew through to full-time management roles.

“Wages from the restaurants will likely be in the vicinity of $1.5 million annually.”

She said the restaurants presented a multi-million-dollar investment in the community.

They’re not the only new fast-food ventures coming to the city.

KFC is currently advertising for workers in its new restaurant at Stockland’s food court, while a second Hungry Jack’s in the city is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.

What’s coming?

Hungry Jack’s: Hopefully built in South Rockhampton by the end of the year;

KFC: Currently advertising for workers and will open soon at Stockland Rockhampton;

McDonald’s: Two new stores opening by the end of the year on the city’s north side.



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