14 November 2023

Phillip's new Maccas and Metro service station to open on Friday

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Maccas and servo in Phillip

Workers put the finishing touches on Phillip’s new Metro service station and McDonald’s restaurant. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

The combined McDonald’s restaurant and Metro service station on the old Magnet Mart site on Hindmarsh Drive in Phillip is set to open on Friday (17 November).

The new Maccas will be the first to have a drive-through facility in the Woden area, and licensee Brad Carroll said it would fill a hole in the market that he had identified for some time.

For Mr Carroll, who developed a love for the business flipping burgers as a teenager in Wagga Wagga, McDonald’s Phillip will be his fifth store in Canberra, joining Manuka Plaza, Molonglo Valley (on Cotter Road), Weston and Westfield Woden.

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It will add 100 jobs to the area and bring the number of staff under his umbrella to 625.

The new restaurant is fitted with modern décor, a dedicated area for delivery drivers, McCafe and PlayPlace for customers to enjoy.

Mr Carroll said the Phillip venture was a joint enterprise with the McDonald’s organisation.

“We’ve been looking in the Phillip area for many years now for the right site for a drive-through restaurant,” he said.

“Obviously, being on Hindmarsh Drive and being a major thoroughfare, the site works for us.

“It just fills that hole in the market we’ve had for a long period of time in Canberra for a drive-through restaurant, a full-facility restaurant for the residents of the Woden Valley.

“I guess it’s been the missing link.”

The restaurant and the service station, which will be operated by a separate local franchisee, will be open around the clock.

man and women next to a McDonald's sign

Brad and Kate Carroll, pictured outside the site for the new McDonald’s in Phillip earlier in the year. Photo: Brad Carroll.

Mr Carroll said it was all about convenience these days.

With the hospital nearby with a lot of shift workers and the influx of new residents into the town centre, he said the restaurant would be a great facility for the area.

Although rising costs and uncertainty about inflation and interest rates have made for difficult trading conditions, Mr Carroll takes the long view.

“It’s more important than ever to offer consumers great value for money, new facilities and the easy convenience that we offer,” he said.

The new store would also generate jobs, particularly for young people.

“There will be more opportunities to train more people and give back to the community we operate in,” Mr Carroll said.

In 2022, Mr Carroll and his team were recognised for their ‘Inclusion in Employment’ at the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards.

The official grand opening will be held on McHappy Day (Saturday, 18 November), the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helps support seriously ill or injured children, with an appearance from McDonaldland character Grimace from 12 pm to 1 pm and Canberra Raiders players from 11:30 am to 1 pm, as well as special offers.

McDonald’s Phillip is fully equipped with solar panels, a heat recovery water system and LED lighting, helping to reduce emissions and energy use in the restaurant.

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A Metro spokesperson said the new service station and convenience store would be the independent brand’s fifth in Canberra and would be very competitive in the market.

Metro service stations usually sell fuel a few cents below that of the main players.

It will be the first service station on Hindmarsh Drive.

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Capital Retro2:06 pm 18 Nov 23

Was there a condition on the DA that renewable energy has to be used when cooking the meat-substitute burgers?

Another “world-first for Canberra” opportunity gone – we could have had “zero-emission burgers”.

I don’t understand why there’s another McDonald’s there, isn’t the one inside Woden Plaza enough? If you want ‘drive thru’ just go to Tuggeranong, it’s not far from Woden and it’s not nearly important enough to demand a new one built in the Woden area just for the sake of a ‘Drive Thru.’

Capital Retro12:05 pm 18 Nov 23

The (drive-through) Erindale one is closer to Woden.

They all sell the same pre-masticated meat. That’s why they employ young people with good teeth.

Ross of Canberra10:18 pm 16 Nov 23

OMG, the congestion is unaccounted for.

Ross of Canberra10:14 pm 16 Nov 23

Dear Brad and Kate, if your franchise burgers are ever better than local owner-made burgers then I’ll understand you’re elevating the community. It’s easy, now, to prefer a drive to Deb’s Takeaway or to the Third Eye Grill. At last look, the Mawson, Hughes and Chapman takeaways were vastly superior to your own offering.
You’re lauded as local successes, pat-pat, enjoy.

Isn’t this the sort of thing the Woden Valley Community Council should be vocally resisting? Or are they sipping the Chardy in the Lovett Tower HQ, while plotting the president’s political campaign?

Gregg Heldon3:06 pm 16 Nov 23

Why should they be resisting? More jobs for Woden. More options for petrol and food. What is there to complain about?
And, if you, or others, don’t like Maccas, don’t eat there. We all have a choice.

I”m sorry but I’m very confused by your comment, what do you mean by “chardy” and what does the “Lovett Tower HQ” have to do with it? Also, President of what?

Any EV charging stations ?? .. that should be your business model going forward .. stop, charge, eat

Macca’s is fast food – EV charging needs to be attached to B&B

Hopefully metro won’t rip us off like the current servos in Phillip

Gregg Heldon8:14 pm 15 Nov 23

It’s not the first drive through in Phillip. Oporto is also a drive through next to 7-11.

It will be good to be able to duck over at lunchtime, if only the ACT Gov’t hadn’t closed the access road between Deakin and Woden (Callam St.).

Alex Stephens2:54 pm 15 Nov 23

As a past frequent user of this area of Hindmarsh Drive (four sets of traffic lights between Yamba and Melrose Drives), I am interested to see how well the egress from the service road works between 4 and 7pm. To me this seems like another ACT Planning failure from the point of view of traffic flow, management and environmental impact. Having sat at the Hindmarsh, Yamba, Townshend, Ball Street and Melrose Drive intersections, west bound on many occassions and observed the difficulty of egress from the service road and Ball street into the traffic queue, particularly with turning traffic amongst the static left lane and left turning traffic at Melrose drive . But what else can one expect apart from more traffic lights, judging by past experience.

Just what a dormitory suburb needs

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