‘Fries with that?’

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

New A&W out­let may be com­ing to Syd­ney.

A new restau­rant may soon have lo­cal fast food lovers crav­ing a clas­sic burger.

The iconic A&W restau­rant chain is cur­rently work­ing on a project to bring a stand­alone restau­rant to Syd­ney.

The project has re­ceived a de­vel­op­ment per­mit from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The pro­posed lo­ca­tion for the new drive-thru restau­rant is on Prince Street next to the newly com­pleted Bank of Mon­treal build­ing.

David Pa­ton, CBRM de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said the per­mit was is­sued to the restau­rant on Nov. 8.

“The de­vel­op­ment per­mit ba­si­cally says the lo­ca­tion and the site plan they’ve sub­mit­ted is in com­pli­ance with the land-use by­law,” he said.

In or­der for the busi­ness to be­gin con­struc­tion, the com­pany must re­ceive a build­ing per­mit from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“Es­sen­tially they would have to sub­mit build­ing plans that would be re­viewed by a build­ing of­fi­cial for com­pli­ance to the build­ing code,” said Pa­ton. “The turn­around pe­riod for a new con­struc­tion per­mit is two to three weeks, it’s usu­ally quicker than that if all the in­for­ma­tion that’s re­quired is sub­mit­ted — we’re usu­ally look­ing at a turn­around time of around 10 work­ing days.”

A&W cur­rently has three restau­rants in Cape Bre­ton, with lo­ca­tions in Glace Bay and Port Hawkes­bury as well as the Mayflower Mall in Syd­ney.

Pierre Cle­ment, A&W di­rec­tor of real es­tate for At­lantic Canada and Que­bec, said At­lantic Canada is an im­por­tant market for the restau­rant chain.

“Syd­ney is def­i­nitely a place where we want to be,” he said. “We are in the mall (Mayflower Mall) cur­rently and also in Glace Bay, but with no rep­re­sen­ta­tion in such a big com­mu­nity, we feel that the com­mu­nity would re­ceive us well and we want to be there.”

Cle­ment said the com­pany is now work­ing on the fi­nal­iza­tion of the Syd­ney project.

“We’re hop­ing to be able to con­firm, de­pend­ing on a cou­ple of things with the city and with the landlord with get­ting the project go­ing,” he said. “We feel con­fi­dent that some­thing will be hap­pen­ing very shortly.”

Cle­ment said it’s un­known as to when the restau­rant could be built.

“It’s de­pen­dent on other peo­ple, so it’s kind of hard for me to pre­dict at this time,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously we would like to be in the market place as soon as pos­si­ble, but it’s de­pended on out­side forces.”

Pa­ton said the pro­posed restau­rant is great news.

“Any time a new busi­ness wants to open near the down­town area and can take ad­van­tage of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture,” he said. “It’s only pos­i­tive news and hope­fully the work that’s go­ing on will con­trib­ute to more things go­ing on in that area, which is what we want to see.”

Once the new build­ing is built, Cle­ment said the restau­rant will likely be open 24 hours a day.

“It’s a mat­ter of con­ve­nience for our cus­tomers, so we want to be con­ve­nient to them where ever they may be — with our only rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Syd­ney, right now, be­ing at the mall, it’s lim­ited hours,” he said. “Most of our com­pe­ti­tion are run­ning 24 hour restau­rants or close to, and to be able to com­pete in the market place, we have to be able to offer the cus­tomer our ser­vices as the same par as our com­pe­ti­tion.”

When asked about pos­si­ble other A&W lo­ca­tions in Cape Bre­ton, Cle­ment said there are some other sites be­ing con­sid­ered, aside from Syd­ney.

Cle­ment con­firmed that Bill Col­bourne will be the fran­chisee for the new pro­posed Syd­ney lo­ca­tion.

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