CHILDERS is expected to have its own McDonald's restaurant and takeaway before the year is out, the fast-food giant has confirmed.
There has been mixed reaction to the news the golden arches of McDonald's will take up residence in the highway town, after an application was approved by Bundaberg Regional Council.
A fast-food premises was approved for the corner of Churchill and Broadhurst Sts, opposite the Shell service station, on May 30 last year.
A spokeswoman for McDonald's said the developer was now in the process of finalising the remaining approvals.
"We and the local council believe this site is suitable for a business of this size and type," the spokeswoman said.
"McDonald's restaurants are popular, offering customers quick, convenient meals of reliable quality.
"We believe there is sufficient demand for a restaurant."
Childers Chamber of Commerce president John Russo said it was big news for the town.
"You obviously reach a benchmark when certain big names come to town," he said.
"It's a vote of confidence, I would think, more than anything else."
Mr Russo said the McDonald's would make it easier to get a meal later at night.
"To try to get a meal in Childers after 8.30pm is really difficult," he said.
"I know personally people who have gone to hotels and to other eateries and their kitchen is closed.
"The highway runs 24/7, not just when the takeaways are open."
Mr Russo said he felt local businesses would be able to compete.
"Competition, in a lot of instances, is good," he said.
"I think it's dealing to a different market."
But local pubs, cafes and restaurants aren't so enthusiastic about the fast-food chain's arrival.
Hungry Hippo owner Jeff Behan said it would be hard for local food outlets to compete with the buying power of McDonald's.
"It's fortunate for us because we're going to go bar and grill very shortly," he said.
"But it's going to have a massive effect on the food industry here for sure. I reckon at least one or two people will go out of business."
McDonald's serves about 68 million customers daily in 119 countries.