Shock as two popular McDonald’s stores shut down as major rival moves in

Shock as two popular McDonald’s stores shut down as major rival moves in

  • Both Wyong McDonald’s soon to be closed 
  • Ampol set to replace them with Hungry Jacks 

Two of Australia’s most popular McDonald’s fast food stops on the east coast will soon be shut down after their leases were not renewed.

Australia’s largest petroleum distributor, Ampol, announced changes to their north and southbound service stations along the Pacific Motorway (M1) at Jilliby, near Wyong on the NSW Central Coast.

The changes include the removal of the McDonald’s outlets at both of the twin service stations, first in July and then in early 2024.

Ampol intend to replace the McDonald’s restaurants with fast food rival, Hungry Jack’s and ‘other quick service restaurants’ at both locations. 

Two of Australia’s more popular McDonald’s, on either side of the Pacific Motorway near Wyong (pictured), are set to be closed after their leases expired

The McDonald’s restaurants have long been a reliable stop for both locals and road-trippers.

‘While we are disappointed these restaurants are closing, we are excited to be opening two new McDonald’s restaurants on the M1 at Cooranbong in 2024,’ a spokesperson for McDonald’s said.

Cooranbong is 24km north of Jilliby on the Pacific Motorway. 

‘We look forward to continuing to be part of the local community and serving our iconic Macca’s menu at our nearby restaurants, McDonald’s Wyong, McDonald’s Morisset and from our new exciting restaurants in 2024.’

Both of the service stations will also be partially renovated while transitioning away from McDonald’s.

‘The refreshed sites will include AmpCharge EV charging bays, along with a new convenience offer,’ an Ampol spokesperson said.

‘Including Ampol Foodary, Hungry Jack’s, Oliver’s and other quick service restaurants on both sides of the highway.’

Ampol plans to replace the McDonalds' with Hungry Jacks and 'other quick service restaurants' at its NSW Central Coast location

Ampol plans to replace the McDonalds’ with Hungry Jacks and ‘other quick service restaurants’ at its NSW Central Coast location

Social media users were split on the removal of the McDonald’s, with some upset to see the stores removed.

‘That’s our “pit stop” going to Newcastle,’ one user wrote.

‘No more Macca’s at the twins (crying face emoji),’ a second wrote 

‘Oh no. It’s an icon. Always stop there on my drives to and from Newcastle,’ a third wrote.

However, others were glad to see Macca’s go, citing unkempt amenities.

‘Honestly they are so run down and filthy I’d be surprised if anyone is willing to take that on,’ one wrote.

‘Here’s hoping the new owners can provide clean and tidy amenities all day,’ another wrote.