Around 65 jobs to be created as McDonald’s moves into vacant A47 restaurant in Norfolk

The former Little Chef adjacent to the A47 at Blofield. Photo: Steve Adams The former Little Chef adjacent to the A47 at Blofield. Photo: Steve Adams

Saturday, January 19, 2013
6:30 AM

Around 65 jobs are set to be created by a new restaurant being opened by McDonald’s off the A47 near Norwich.

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The burger chain has been given permission to convert the former Little Chef off the A47 roundabout at Brundall into one of its restaurants.

Broadland District Council approved the application for the restaurant, which will have around 50 seats, in December.

Construction work is due to begin at the end of this month, with provisional hopes to have the restaurant open in mid-April.

A McDonald’s spokesman confirmed the restaurant would employ around 65 people, both full and part time workers, and said: “We are delighted to have been granted permission to open our new restaurant in Norfolk and proud to bring 65 full and part-time jobs to the local area.”

The former Little Chef restaurant, on Yarmouth Road, closed more than two years ago and has become something of an eyesore.

It will become the seventh McDonald’s restaurant in the Norwich area, alongside those in Costessey, Hellesdon, Tuckswood, the Hay Hill and Chapelfield stores in the city centre, one in Wroxham and two in Great Yarmouth.

The restaurant, just as with the one on the A47 in the west of Norfolk, near Swaffham, will also include a drive-thru.

Alan Woods, chairman of Postwick and Witton Parish Council, said there had been local worries about the height and illumination of the site’s signs, and about litter.

But he said: “I don’t think we have any big issues. Obviously we have to welcome employment of whatever kind, though, because it is important.

“Bearing in mind what was there before, with Little Chef, this is not so far from what was previously there.

“But there had been concerns that the site was slipping into a state of disrepair and was becoming a bit of an eyesore, so I guess it is good from that point of view.”

- Are you pleased that McDonald’s will be moving into the vacant Little Chef site? Leave a comment below or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

34 comments

  • Mr T- where? The ones I use when traveling always have staff litter picking, cutting grass, tidying up-they are very conscious of the criticism they get from nimby snobbery. I like good food and nice surroundings as much as anyone but am pragmatic about what to expect and what is available when on a road trip on A roads which dont have motorway type service areas. Since the highways agency and local authorities abdicate the responsibility of providing public conveniences at lay bys or open 24 hours anywhere , it is either Mc Ds or find a 24 hour supermarket-especially if you are a woman travelling alone or with children. Plus the staff are usually nice pleasant young people-not always the case at other places.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Laughing at the comments. With so many businesses closing around us in Norwich, it's good to hear that 65 jobs will be created. As a user of Little Chef, they could have only employed 10 at that site. I am glad McDonald's are going in there, it will be a better looking place than what is there now. As for the comments about fat people, McDonald's isn't the issue. The Shell garage sells shed loads of chocolate bars and microwave pasties. Much more unhealthy than McDonald's. I use McDonald's infrequently but must say they are always clean and I have seen staff out picking up litter. Haven't seen that with any other businesses. When did you see someone from the Shell garage pickin gup discarded coke cards, crisp packets etc....It's the public that cause the problems. Brundall, you have bigger problems with Tesco than you have with this...IMHO...

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    CityBoi

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I couldn't care one way or the other, but around 65 jobs? Pull the other one.

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    Heading for Squalor

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Fantastic! As a leather clad biker, McDonalds are always welcoming. Able to clean my visor, use the toilets, and have a nice double expresso in a superb, clean and friendly environment - air conditioned too!. Love touring the Broads and the Coast, Can't wait to use it like I use the ones in Costessey, Longwater and Stockton, Beccles. Bit concerned that they are looking to employ 65 people - will they find that many from the local population of Brundall and Blofield? Where are they all going to come from. How are they going to get to the restaurant? I have noticed there is a lot of resistance to any new housing in the Broadland District Area (eg SprowstonOld Catton). where are these people going to live? Anyway, I just love their mozzarella dippers with a tangy tomato sauce!!! .... and they have got a promotion on their double cheeseburgers at the moment for only £1.49. WOW! Yeah.

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    woodgreener

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Brilliant Whatever you might think about MacDonalds you cannot escape the fact that without them any long distance drives on trunk roads would be misery. They are usually the only services open very early and the only places open very late. They never quibble about anyone using the facilities no matter how little if anything you spend. In the days of petrol stations closing their facilities and people like Little Chef and Arbuckles and other places aggressively demanding significant purchases for those wanting to use the facilities McDs are a treasure. Don't forget, most if not all of these places have planning permission because they are meant to provide services for travellers but they are all very conditional about it.. For those of us who are not prepared to use the wheel of a lorry as a comfort stop McDs are welcome sight. Maybe they should be encouraged to open up on Postwick Park and Ride too.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • McDonalds doesnt create litter, its the thoughtless people that use who throw their rubbish on the strets without any thought for local residents. McDonalds may ot be healthy food but its handy, quick to pick up and also quite tasty. I worked at McDonalds for nearly 5 years, they're a good company to work for. (believe it or not) whilst working there i ate the food often but didn't put on any weight as i have always been active and maintain a high level of fitness,

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    city till i die

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • woodgreener's real name is Ronald McDonald!!

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    DJ

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I put two forward slashes in my previous post and neither were printed. They were between "companies organisations" and "280hrs 40hrs". I am not putting them in again just in case they don't appear.

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    woodgreener

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I couldn't care one way or the other, but around 65 jobs? Pull the other one.

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    Heading for Squalor

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I think it is great news- it means jobs and the area really needs jobs. their coffee is great too !

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    barbydi

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Not happy. I live in the area. The last thing we want on our doorstop is a McDonalds. A drive in means people will buy food, take it away, find a layby to eat it in or eat as they go along and then throw their rubbish out of the car window. I think there will be loads more rubbish in the area. I think the last thing we need in the Norwich area is yet another Mcdonalds. They are taking over the world. It's not healthy food either no matter how much they try to kid you it is. Very disappointed. Between Mcdonalds opening up here and Tesco trying to get it into the Ram pub Brundall is changing and not for the better.

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    Member

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • You might have a point Parkeg1. To get folks off the unemployment register I think there is a trend amongst some companiesorganisations to issue just 5 hour and standby contacts. So 5hrsx56people=280hrs. That is the equivalent of only 7 full time jobs (280hrs40hrs). After my calculations 3 fewer than Little Chef if they had 10 employees. That is 56 people off the dole register. No wonder the unemployment figures are going down. I think you need to work at least 40 hours a week to earn a living wage especially at McD's wage rates.

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    woodgreener

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Cant see the problem with this. Simply replacing one company that basically sells burger and chips with another. McDonalds open long hours , 7 days a week , so will need a fair number of staff (not 65). And these jobs are not replacing higher paid ones elsewhere, they are just adding (albeit, mostly low paid) additional opportunities for people. But dont be sniffy about their jobs, I know someone who joined them as a management trainee after graduating from Uni and who is now a self made millionaire. He credits his training at McDonalds with giving him a good business eduction. Dont eat their food myself , but am thankful for their coffee keeping me going as I drive around England on business.

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    Abraham

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Great idea, and probably easier for those of us in the east of the city to get to compared to dawdling round the ring road to the Boundary so it will help the city congestion too!!

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    DJ

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Now come on GY Mercury reporter... like many have said 65 new jobs....? unless there are 45 part time jobs at 15 hours contracts or whatever. There seems little prospect of 25 fulltime 40 hr contracts let alone 45 ones.... Having said that it is good to put the site to good use and for some to earn something, which hopefully is better than unemployment benefit..... wether it pays is enough to get a mortgage is another issue....... we are already at record levels of part time workers in the UK, which seems to be growing each year.... sadly families cannot servive on PT work... But its some good news for a change anyway...

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    Lionel

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Big up from me.

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    nrg

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I put two forward slashes in my previous post and neither were printed. They were between "companies organisations" and "280hrs 40hrs". I am not putting them in again just in case they don't appear.

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    woodgreener

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • At least the premises have been saved and a handy stop is back in business! don't rate the quality of the food at all,especially the burgers,coffee's not too bad! Burger king beats them hands down,it's a pity they don't incorporate a branch of Subway,a bit healthier than burgers!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Prepare to become lard asssses

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    Paul Morley

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Laughing at the comments. With so many businesses closing around us in Norwich, it's good to hear that 65 jobs will be created. As a user of Little Chef, they could have only employed 10 at that site. I am glad McDonald's are going in there, it will be a better looking place than what is there now. As for the comments about fat people, McDonald's isn't the issue. The Shell garage sells shed loads of chocolate bars and microwave pasties. Much more unhealthy than McDonald's. I use McDonald's infrequently but must say they are always clean and I have seen staff out picking up litter. Haven't seen that with any other businesses. When did you see someone from the Shell garage pickin gup discarded coke cards, crisp packets etc....It's the public that cause the problems. Brundall, you have bigger problems with Tesco than you have with this...IMHO...

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    CityBoi

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Mr T - Little Chef was a half decent eating place, didn't survive. Roadhouse (Stracey Arms) and its various incarnations decent roadside eating places and they struggle. McDonalds know how to do it

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    DJ

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Member: Fully agree with your comments, all these places do is create litter, unhealthy eating and overweight people. Hopefully the horse burger issue may have an impact and we can get some decent roadside eating places. Junk food rules eh!

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    Mr T

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Appreciate all the comments and understand some of the views. As the store has an application for 247 operation, using our scheduling experience we will need to cover 1400 work hours. Obviously, the way the business will be split, we will not need as many people on the quieter times so will run with fewer staff on the overnights for example. An average shift will see 2 managers and 10 staff minimum. I will need a minimum of 12 shift managers, whom I will be promoting from my current staff and moved to this new site. We offer flexible working times so the mixture will be full and part time positions. This allows us to help employ anyone from students to Mum's who want a part time job to those who may have retired but still want to earn with fewer hours. So the figures of 65 staff are our estimates of how many staff we will need at our peak volume in this location. Some of our current staff in my other locations, who live closer to this new site, will transfer but the majority of staff will be new to us. If anyone has any genuine concerns then we will be happy to answer any of them. Thank you. kevin@kfoleyltd.co.uk

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    KevinFoley

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • why can't they combine the 2 a McDonald's,and a Tesco on the same site,stop the traffic coming into Brundall,I agree with member the litter will be a real problem.

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    Darren Mallett

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I think they must have left a decimal point between the 6 and 5, so 6 and a half jobs would make more sense. doubt you could get 65 people in that little place.

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    parkeg1

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Woodgreener, you sound like you spend way to much time in McD's :o). Must admit they are very handy when out on the motorbike. At least with a McD's you know what your getting, worldwide.

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    ggj666

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I agree with you Daisy. But to associate the words restaurant and McDonalds is pushing it!

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    wes1975

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Member- I don't see any of these problems at McDonalds in Swaffham Long Sutton or Sleaford-there seems to be adequate car parking and the staff clean up. People travelling deserve and need a place to stop and don't always want to pay over the odds for vile Little Chef type grub nor have the time to spare on their journey to divert and take a pub lunch. After a lot of mediocre not so cheap pub meals I made the decision that when driving a long way, refuelling for a fiver in twenty or so minutes is easier than trying to find somewhere off route that is open and better value than spending £15 or more a head and often putting up with a long wait. Although for those who travel the A17 we like the Ship Inn at Fosdyke. The site at Blofield is there as a service area for people who are driving, is a long way from houses and on a trunk road-can't see why it should bother anyone else.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • At least its not another tesco.

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    markt74

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Yawn, another rubbish generator, in the environment as well as in those who eat this stuff, but the cheque is in the post to all of those 'loving it' here. Daisy, you can ride up on your horse and eat it, brilliant isn't it?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Laughing at the comments. With so many businesses closing around us in Norwich, it's good to hear that 65 jobs will be created. As a user of Little Chef, they could have only employed 10 at that site. I am glad McDonald's are going in there, it will be a better looking place than what is there now. As for the comments about fat people, McDonald's isn't the issue. The Shell garage sells shed loads of chocolate bars and microwave pasties. Much more unhealthy than McDonald's. I use McDonald's infrequently but must say they are always clean and I have seen staff out picking up litter. Haven't seen that with any other businesses. When did you see someone from the Shell garage pickin gup discarded coke cards, crisp packets etc....It's the public that cause the problems. Brundall, you have bigger problems with Tesco than you have with this...IMHO...

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    CityBoi

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Bit of doom and gloom kinda statement from the Coucillor can't work out if he's happy or not. after all it was a Little Chef before and it was lit and had signs so not much difference. Those that moan about every change of use, I always say if you don't like them you have a choice, don't use them let those that do (usually the silence majority), and while their at it how about that run down one near the garage in Acle being taken over?

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    City Boy

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • More great news for Brundall along with the Tesco Express to take over the other derelict building that is The Ram. Only thing missing is a Starbucks....and maybe an Ikea !

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    smithy

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • contacts=contracts ... you all know what I mean!!

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    woodgreener

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

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