If a recently lodged DA is successful, our local area could soon be serviced by a new 24-hour eatery, with news that fast food giant McDonald’s has plans to expand into Chatswood East.
According to the Willoughby Council DA tracker, a DA was lodged for 18 Smith Street Chatswood pertaining to the “Demolition of existing structures and construction of a two storey premises to operate a 24 hour 7 days a week McDonald’s takeaway food and drink premises to include 26 car parking spaces, landscaping.”
The corner site is opposite Forty Winks and Anaconda, and not far from the recently opened Woolworths Chatswood East.
We spoke with McDonald’s Director of Property & Development, Skye Baker, who is a local resident and long-term Willoughby Living member.
“At McDonald’s we’re very excited about this custom-designed two-storey store which will be the first of its kind in an inner-city industrial area,” Baker says.
“The ripple effect of local jobs in both the construction and staffing phases, as well as our rental contribution will total an $8 million investment in the local economy.”
The two-storey site will have a drive through on the top level, and the restaurant (including Playland) at street level.
Since McDonald’s Chatswood Westfield closed its doors in 2018 (prompting a change.org petition shared in Willoughby Living requesting its return), locals have had to visit Chatswood Interchange for takeaway or Cremorne for eat-in and drive-through. The McDonald’s property team has been searching for the perfect location to service the Willoughby Council area for some time, and are confident that this site is optimal for the area.
Pre-DA meetings have already taken place with Willoughby Council, and according to Ms Baker, McDonald’s are keen to engage and work with Council for the right outcome for the community.
“As a Willoughby resident myself, I understand that Council are tasked with protecting our beautiful area, and we are keen to work with them to understand and respond to any queries they may have. I’m also more than willing to personally have discussions with community members about the impact McDonald’s will bring to the area, including everything from how we will manage traffic, to how their children can get their first jobs at Maccas.”
The DA consideration is expected to take at least one year. We’ll continue to update the Willoughby Living community as new information comes to hand.