Controversial plans have been submitted to build a new two storey McDonald’s restaurant within the car park of the Tesco East Didsbury superstore located a stone’s throw away from the Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre and neighbouring Parrs Wood High School.
The planning submission details how the new restaurant, which McDonald’s hope will operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, will offer a drive-thru lane to attract motorists from Kingsway (A34) and Didsbury Road (A5145) that links a number of suburbs in South Manchester with the towns of Stretford and Stockport.
Although some welcome the development which will see life pumped into the forgotten section of land, others fear it will promote unhealthy eating to children visiting the highly popular Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, home to restaurants, Barlow Croft Wacky Warehouse, Tenpin Bowling and Cineworld, as well as for students attending Parrs Wood High School.
The proposed McDonald’s restaurant is expected to employ over 75 full and part time staff. With the company promoting that with the exception of the management team, almost all staff will be recruited from the local community.
Plans are due to be reviewed by Manchester City Council during mid-February.