Mac­cas in Childers: one year on

Store own­ers are grate­ful for sup­port

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

AL­MOST one year af­ter its con­tro­ver­sial open­ing, the own­ers of Childers McDon­ald’s say they are en­joy­ing be­ing a part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Leading up to its grand open­ing on Au­gust 6 last year, businesses and res­i­dents were ner­vous about the global fast-food gi­ant set­ting up shop in the heart of Childers.

How­ever co-owner Craig Man­ley said since then the pub­lic re­sponse had been pos­i­tive.

“In terms of the busi­ness com­mu­nity we can un­der­stand a year ago they would have been ner­vous be­cause al­though we are lo­cal own­ers, we are lo­cal own­ers of a big brand,” he said. “And if I was in their shoes I would have been ner­vous too but we are not the un­known en­tity we were then.”

Mr Man­ley said his store em­ployed about 60 lo­cals and he was us­ing the

Co-owner

❝ Craig Man­ley We have tried to in­volve our­selves in the com­mu­nity where we can.

recog­nised brand name to sup­port lo­cal events.

“We sup­ported the Childers Show and are sup­port­ing the up­com­ing Childers Fes­ti­val,” he said.

“We have tried to in­volve our­selves in the com­mu­nity where we can.”

How­ever when the Isis Town and Coun­try asked lo­cals what their thoughts were on the pres­ence of the global gi­ant it was clear it re­mained a di­vi­sive is­sue for some in the com­mu­nity.

While many pointed to its con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy, oth­ers such as Childers res­i­dent Char­lie Thomp­son said smaller businesses had been neg­a­tively im­pacted.

“It’s prob­a­bly not good for lo­cal cafes and restaurants that rely a lot on people pass­ing through Childers,” he said.

“In say­ing that, it is good for people work­ing who just want a quick meal.”

Anthony Mam­mino, who owns Mam­mino Gourmet Ice Cream across the road from the site, said his only con­cern re­gard­ing the open­ing of McDon­ald’s was to do with traf­fic flow.

“The re­al­ity is that it has im­proved the site that was there and prob­a­bly the value of the sur­round­ing prop­er­ties,” he said.

“When­ever there is change people are a bit re­luc­tant.

“It’s just like when Wool­worths came to town. They started em­ploy­ing lo­cals and people started to see the ben­e­fits of it.”

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG BUN200614MCD1

HAPPY CUS­TOMERS: Childers McDon­ald’s cafe co-or­di­na­tor Kel­lie Whelan says the lo­cal com­mu­nity has wel­comed the store’s pres­ence.

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