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Future of former Harvester restaurant revealed

A site once home to restaurant chain Harvester may soon have a new occupier.

American fast food giant Burger King has submitted a planning proposal to Gloucester City Council for the vacant 3,681sq. ft restaurant at St Oswalds Retail Park, adding to its existing site at the Peel Centre.

Plans show new signage for the restaurant, along with the installation of a drive through lane.

Burger King also intends to reconfigure the existing car park and complete external refurbishment work including a new bin store and replacement landscaping.

The site lies on Gloucester City Council owned St Oswalds Retail Park which is also home to Mcdonalds, B&Q, Wren Kitchens, Dominos Pizza, Subway, Natwest, HomeSense, Argos, SCS, Tapi Carpets & Flooring and Costa Coffee.

Harvester occupied the building until September 2020 when the firm announced its closure. Prior to that it was a Monkey Tree Bar and Grill.

Founded in 1953 in Florida, and with more than 17,000 stores across the globe, the new Burger King restaurant is expected to serve everything from its famous Whopper and Chicken Royale burgers, to milkshakes and fries.

A planning statement said: "As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant Government restrictions in place, the majority of the hospitality sector across the UK has, and remains to be, closed to the public for internal dining.

"Despite this, the takeaway and drive-thru elements of many restaurants have remained operational and allowed these operators to continue trading during these challenging times and safeguarding many businesses and jobs. This pattern is set to continue with greater demand for drive-thru's in the future.

"Occupation of this unit by Burger King and provision of a drive-thru facility will expand the food offering and increase the desirability of the retail park and attract additional customer footfall, which should be supported. It will secure the reoccupation of this vacant unit and secure local job creation."

The application does not reveal the restaurant's opening hours, or how many jobs it will create.

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