ALMOST one year after its controversial opening, the owners of Childers McDonald's say they are enjoying being a part of the local community.
Leading up to its grand opening on August 6 last year, businesses and residents were nervous about the global fast-food giant setting up shop in the heart of Childers.
However co-owner Craig Manley said since then the public response had been positive.
"In terms of the business community we can understand a year ago they would have been nervous because although we are local owners, we are local owners of a big brand," he said.
"And if I was in their shoes I would have been nervous too but we are not the unknown entity we were then."
Mr Manley said his store employed about 60 locals and he was using its brand name to support local events.
"We supported the Childers Show and are supporting the upcoming Childers Festival," he said.
"We have tried to involve ourselves in the community where we can."
However when the NewsMail asked locals what their thoughts were on the presence of the global giant it was clear it remained a divisive issue for some in the community.
While many pointed to its contribution to the local economy, others such as resident Charlie Thompson said smaller businesses had been negatively impacted.
"It's probably not good for local cafes and restaurants that rely a lot on people passing through Childers," he said.
"In saying that, it is good for people working who just want a quick meal."
Anthony Mammino, who owns Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream across the road from the site, said his only concern regarding the opening of McDonald's was to do with traffic flow.
"The reality is that it has improved the site that was there and probably the value of the surrounding properties," he said.
"Whenever there is change people are a bit reluctant.
"It's just like when Woolworths came to town. They started employing locals and people started to see the benefits of it."
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