Bruce Holloway reports in yesterday’s Waikato Times (not online):
Paeroa has long been world-famous in New Zealand for the fizzy L & P drink it gave its name to – but now it is poised to get the burgers, fries and shakes as well.
A new McDonald’s franchise is to open next month in Paeroa’s main street on the site of the old Criterion Hotel, which was demolished in June.
Meanwhile, mayor John Tregidga said rival brand Burger King had “made inquiries and was possibly looking” at a Paeroa site, and also recently opened in the town have been The Bakehouse café and a Chinese restaurant.
Sitting in the belly of Hauraki, Paeroa was ideally positioned to develop as a food mecca for people heading to and from Thames and Coromandel, Mr Tregidga said.