Gym plan for McDon­ald’s site

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ANEW gym could be set to open in Mersey­side – above a McDon­ald’s.

The site for­merly be­long­ing to MJ’s Steak­house in Formby could soon be con­verted into a new branch of McDon­ald’s, and plans have been submitted to turn the first floor into a gymnasium.

The pro­pos­als, submitted by KPFF Limited, states: “It is en­vis­aged that the ground floor of the ap­pli­ca­tion premises will re­main in use as a cafe/res­tau­rant and drive-through.”

MJ’s 24-hour drive through, which was a 250-seater res­tau­rant, un­ex­pect­edly closed its doors in 2016.

The venue proved pop­u­lar with lo­cal peo­ple of­fer­ing a break­fast and evening menu of steaks, chicken and lamb dishes as well as a num­ber of en­ter­tain­ment nights for lo­cals.

If both plans are ap­proved, the site will con­sist of a ground floor McDon­ald’s with a driv­ethrough and a first floor fit­ness cen­tre.

The gym would cre­ate six jobs, while Mc­Don­alds would cre­ate 65.

Twenty of the site’s park­ing spa­ces would be re­served for gym users, while the re­main­ing 44 would be al­lo­cated to din­ers.

KPFF Ltd says that while there is al­ready a num­ber of gyms in the lo­cal area, a new fit­ness cen­tre would “im­prove choice in the mar­ket and com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing of­fer”.

A McDon­ald’s spokesper­son: “We can con­firm that we have submitted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a new Drive Thru res­tau­rant in Formby and look for­ward to work­ing with the coun­cil on our plans.”

Plans have been submitted to turn the first floor of the for­mer MJ’s Steak­house in Formby into a gym

McDon­ald’s plans to open a drive-through

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