McDonald’s chooses Melton South for Australia’s thousandth store

The Clifton Hill McDonald’s restaurant is built into an art deco guesthouse formerly known as United Kingdom Hotel.

McDonald’s has chosen Weir Views – one of 11 suburbs recently gazetted around Melbourne’s Melton South – for its thousandth Australian restaurant.

The Opalia Shopping Centre venue near the north west corner of Exford and Elpis roads will also be the group’s first flagship sustainable store here.

To be constructed using recycled materials, including for internal furnishings, the facility will be powered by renewable energy and serve fibre-based cutlery and straws.

Amongst some of the other initiatives once the eatery opens this year, the company is promoting, will be recycling coffee grinds as lettuce compost and re-purposing plastic trays into playground equipment.

Colliers International’s Adam Lester and Stephanie Siadis are leasing Opalia Shopping Centre, about 40 kilometres west of the city, for EIG Developments.

The region is one of the country’s fastest growing residential corridors.

In 2017, to not overweight the population of Melton South, Plumpton and Rockbank, City of Melton introduced new suburbs including Weir Views, between Toolern Creek and Werribee River, two blocks south of Sutton Park Aged Care and Meadowbrook SRS, formerly the site of Melton Private Hospital.

Last week the Victorian government acquired a property for a primary school in Deanside, another of the areas.

The other regions are Aintree, Bonnie Brook, Cobblebank, Fieldstone, Fraser Rise, Grangefields, Harkness, Strathtulloh and Thornhill Park (story continues below).

McDonald’s is referring to its flagship sustainable store as being in Melton South.

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The group started trading in Australia 49 years ago, at suburban Sydney Yagoona.

Its earliest Victorian store in Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, constructed in 1973, was rebuilt four years ago.

The first drive-thru opened in Warrawong (NSW) in 1978.

Ten years ago the Chicago based group made headlines buying a major Ringwood block, in Melbourne’s east, subdividing a corner for itself then selling the balance for a windfall.

Last June the fast food chain paid PE Capital $2.9m for a Cranbourne site, in the city’s south, with intentions to develop a restaurant.

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Marc Pallisco

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