McDonald's to open at Hempstead Valley, Gillingham

19 September 2023In Gillingham1 Minutes
Stock photo of McDonald's sign

Fast food giant McDonald’s is making a return to Hempstead Valley in Gillingham.

It will be taking over the former Bird restaurant, located next to Frankie & Benny’s, which closed last December just a year after it opened.

A planning application was submitted by McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd this week to make shopfront changes, including new entrances.

The former Bird restaurant at Hempstead Valley

The empty unit was being marketed by estate agent GCW with a rent of £75,000.

Earlier in July, Medway Council approved a change-of-use planning application to allow the restaurant space to also operate as a takeaway.

The proposed opening hours are 7am to 11pm daily, although an opening date has not been revealed yet.

McDonald’s previously had a branch in a freestanding building outside of the shopping centre in the early 2000s.

McDonald’s and Hempstead Valley have been approached for comment.