Construction of a multi-million dollar third McDonald's store in Dubbo is expected to commence in the next few months at the Blueridge Business Park.
Dozens of new jobs are expected to be created when the new $2.98 million Maccas development opens in the first half of 2020.
"We have continued to see strong growth, both in terms of population and demand in the Dubbo region, prompting us to open another restaurant to serve the local community," McDonald's development manager Tom Ugarkovic told the Daily Liberal.
"We expect to break ground later this year and hope to be able to open our doors to locals in the first half of next year," he said.
"McDonald's already employ more than 300 people across our three existing restaurants in Dubbo and Wellington. The addition of this new restaurant will see our crew numbers grow to nearly 400 in total."
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According to a statement of environmental effects McDonald's presented to Dubbo Regional Council, the new store is expected to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fifty car park spaces, an internal dining area for 100 customers and a dual lane drive-thru with capacity for 13 vehicles will form part of the development.
"Future patronage at the new location is unlikely to come from people who do not already eat 'fast food'," social planner Kate Young wrote in a social impact assessment prepared for McDonald's and presented to council.
"...There is little reason and no evidence to support any argument the establishment of the proposed McDonald's store would have any appreciable effects on the health of the local community because it is unlikely to alter the current consumption pattern of people in the area," she said.
"Rather, it may result in customers choosing the new McDonald's over another existing take away option."
The new McDonald's development was approved by Dubbo Regional Council staff in May.
Data from the Australian Health and Welfare Institute released in July revealed 82.4 per cent of adults in the Western NSW Local Health District, which Dubbo is part of, were estimated to be overweight or obese.