A&W to open new stand­alone res­tau­rant in Syd­ney

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

Fast food lovers will soon be able to pur­chase their favourite clas­sic burger closer to the down­town core.

The iconic A&W res­tau­rant chain will open a new 2,200 square-foot stand­alone res­tau­rant, fea­tur­ing a drive-thru and 75-seat din­ning area, lo­cated next to the Bank of Mon­treal on Prince Street in Syd­ney.

The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is­sued a build­ing and de­vel­op­ment per­mit ear­lier this month. Work has al­ready be­gun at the lo­ca­tion.

The chain has three lo­ca­tions in Cape Bre­ton with res­tau­rants in Glace Bay, Port Hawkes­bury as well as the Mayflower Mall in Syd­ney.

“Def­i­nitely be­ing back on the street is some­thing we’ve been an­tic­i­pat­ing for a while and we’ve been able to se­cure that lo­ca­tion with Crom­bie, own­ers of the property, and fran­chisee Bill Col­bourne,” said Pierre Cle­ment, A&W di­rec­tor of real es­tate for At­lantic Canada and Que­bec.

“We feel very good about the new lo­ca­tion, right across from the cinema, very close to down­town, and we’re on one of the main streets – we’re very ex­cited about it.”

The three other lo­ca­tions will re­main open.

“We def­i­nitely want to en­sure that we of­fer full ser­vices and con­ve­niences to the gen­eral pub­lic and this falls within our plans,” said Cle­ment. “There’s a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of quick ser­vice res­tau­rants through­out Cape Bre­ton and as far as A&W is con­cerned (right now) we don’t have a full free­stand­ing lo­ca­tion and we are prob­a­bly one of the only ones that don’t.”

The new res­tau­rant will be open 24 hours a day, just like the res­tau­rant chain’s com­peti­tors within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“We got very strong re­sults within the Cape Bre­ton area, so we are very con­fi­dent about this lo­ca­tion,” said Cle­ment. “We think it will be a win­ner for us.”

Cle­ment couldn’t con­firm ex­actly how many peo­ple the res­tau­rant would hire, but he ex­pects some­where be­tween 40-50 em­ploy­ees.

The res­tau­rant is ex­pected to open by the end of Oc­to­ber, weather and con­struc­tion per­mit­ting.

When asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of other A&W lo­ca­tions in Cape Bre­ton, Cle­ment said there are plans for fur­ther ex­pan­sion, but for now the chain is fo­cused on the open­ing of the new Syd­ney lo­ca­tion.

"We feel very good about the new lo­ca­tion, right across from the sinema, very close to down­town, and we're on one of the main streets - we're very ex­cited about it." Pierre Cle­ment, A&W di­rec­tor of real es­tate for At­lantic Canada and Que­bec.

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