The McDonald’s stores on the main highway, which are popular with motorists, will be closed because of the entry of the competition
- Both Wyong McDonald’s will be closing soon
- Ampol wants to replace them with Hungry Jacks
Two of Australia’s most popular McDonald’s fast food restaurants on the east coast are about to close after their leases were not renewed.
Australia’s largest petroleum trader, Ampol, has announced changes to its northbound and southbound service stations along the Pacific Motorway (M1) at Jilliby, near Wyong on the New South Wales central coast.
The changes include the closure of McDonald’s branches at both twin stations, first in July and then in early 2024.
Ampol intends to replace the McDonald’s restaurants at both locations with fast-food rival Hungry Jack’s and “other quick-service restaurants.”
Two of Australia’s most popular McDonald’s on either side of the Pacific Motorway near Wyong (pictured) are set to close once their leases expire
McDonald’s restaurants have long been a trusted destination for locals and tourists alike.
“While we are disappointed to see these restaurants closing, we look forward to opening two new McDonald’s restaurants on the M1 in Cooranbong in 2024,” a McDonald’s spokesman said.
Cooranbong is 15 miles north of Jilliby on the Pacific Motorway.
“We look forward to continuing to be part of the local community and serving our legendary Macca’s menu at our nearby restaurants McDonald’s Wyong, McDonald’s Morisset and at our new exciting restaurants in 2024.”
Both gas stations are also undergoing partial renovations as part of the move away from McDonald’s.
“The updated locations will include AmpCharge electric vehicle charging stations as well as a new convenience offering,” said an Ampol spokesman.
“Including Ampol Foodary, Hungry Jack’s, Oliver’s and other quick service restaurants on both sides of the freeway.”
Ampol plans to replace McDonald’s with Hungry Jacks and “other quick-service restaurants” at its Central Coast location in New South Wales
Social media users were divided over the closure of McDonald’s and some were upset that the stores were being removed.
“This is our ‘pit stop’ to Newcastle,” wrote one user.
“No more maccas on the twins (crying face emoji)” wrote a second
‘Oh no. It’s iconic. “Always stop there when driving to and from Newcastle,” wrote a third.
Others, however, were glad of Macca’s departure, citing the unkempt amenities.
“Honestly they’re so run down and dirty I’d be surprised if anyone was willing to put up with it,” one wrote.
“We hope the new owners can keep the amenities clean and tidy throughout the day,” wrote another.