Topaz Junction 5, on the M9 motorway between Dublin and Waterford, Co. Carlow is due to open in March 2017, and the Fermoy development on the M8 Cork/Dublin Road is due to open in the autumn.
The overall investment in construction of the two service stations will be €14m. They will both feature McDonald’s restaurants, representing a €2m investment by the restaurant chain and bringing the total investment to €16m.
The service areas will feature a food court offering including Topaz’s healthy ‘food on the go’ offer, Re.Store, its latest Mexican offering Cantina, a McDonald’s restaurant, and extensive self-service customer refreshment facilities.
There will be a large indoor seating area, as well as external picnic and seating areas for the summer months.
The service areas will be in operation 24 hours a day, and there will be in excess of 140 parking spaces at each station, including truck parking and coach parking.
Niall Anderton, managing director of Topaz, commented: “The Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes are two of the busiest routes in Ireland, and we are excited to announce this development of two new full-service stations to serve Irish motorists. The development represents a very significant investment by Topaz, and we are also delighted to be able to bring a large number of jobs to both Cork and Carlow. Featuring our game-changing Re.Store shop and Deli concept along with our Mexican taqueria Cantina, we are continuing to bring an unparalleled customer experience to Irish motorists. Today’s announcement is a key milestone in the continued expansion of our retail network and we have no doubt it will be a tremendous benefit and service to commuters, tourists, locals, and passers-by.”
Nigel McGuire, diector of property and supply chain, McDonald’s, said: “At McDonald’s we are delighted to be bringing our world-class food offering to drivers along Ireland’s busy motorway network. Our focus is on retail expansion, to meet customer demand in new locations. We are committed to delivering a great experience in every McDonald’s; our new restaurants will demonstrate our continued innovation to meet changing customer needs and desires, through our menu, dining facilities and our people.”