Proposed McDonald’s in Thorold getting mixed reviews from locals


Published February 13, 2023 at 10:59 am

With a new McDonald’s slated for the corner of Pine St. S and Sullivan Ave. in Thorold getting the rezoning it needed from Thorold City Council last week, local reaction to the proposal seems mixed at best.

Downtown restaurateurs are certainly confused and concerned by what they say was a surprise announcement, feeling that the introduction of one of the world’s largest chains on their doorstep can harm local eateries.

However, some other businesses are smacking their lips over a potential influx of traffic to the area.

When the matter came before council, potential traffic woes at a major corner in Thorold were also cited as a large concern.

Real estate broker Serge Carpino, who’s presenting the application, suggested the building’s planners have done everything they can to “minimize the impact of traffic in the area.”

With 44,000 outlets across the world, it was suggested that McDonald’s has property templates to deal with every possible concern, including traffic flow.

While the rezoning is just the first component of any new development, it is usually one of the bigger hurdles before any new building can go forward.

Being as the proposal seemingly came out of the blue for many, there will still be public input sessions and the like long before building permits are issued.

In other words, it’s just at the beginning and there’s a long way to go before golden arches are erected.

The drawings of the exterior that accompanied the rezoning application.

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