Construction is underway for a Hungry Jacks outlet on the south-western side of the intersection of the Great Western Highway, Main Street and Caroline Avenue at Bowenfels.
The submission was first approved by Council in June, 2011 and the area has since sat dormant, however eight years later, the landscaping and earthworks have finally started.
Some minor modifications were made to the original plan and were approved in October 2011, January 2012 and mid 2016.
According to Isaac Property Developments, the company working on the site, the new Hungry Jacks store was expected to be a large, modern design with easy access from the highway in both directions.
"There will also be a drive-thru and 36 car spaces provided," Isaac Property Developments director Ben Isaac, said.
Mr Isaac also said the development application (DA) consent allows 24-7 operation of the drive-thru and the restaurant to trade from 6am to midnight, seven days a week.
Hungry Jacks is currently planning to open in late 2019. Mr Isaac said his team was very excited to be developing the site.
"We are very excited, and we are using a local building company providing local jobs, and Hungry Jacks will also provide long-term employment in the area," he said.
He said Council and the community had always been very supportive of the company which was why they kept coming back to invest more in Lithgow.
"We did the 7Eleven and Zambrero stores which continue to trade well and I think the addition of a Hungry Jacks will complement the existing food on offer, to both locals and those stopping on their way through to Sydney and the Central West," he said.
Lithgow City Council mayor Ray Thompson said the store would offer employment opportunities for the town and complement Lithgow.
"It joins in with the highways, we've got the Great Western, Castlereagh and the Bells Line, it's a good food corner with McDonald's and Red Rooster too, so we'll get a lot of traffic.
"Hungry Jacks have obviously done their homework and found Lithgow was a good place to put one of their stores," he said.
Mr Isaac said, while Hungry Jacks has had the store in planning for many years, it was only just recently that his company was invited to purchase the site and make the store a reality.
"We are developing the store as per the approved DA plans, we have not faced any challenges in commencing construction. I can say, we look forward to enjoying a burger with everyone later this year at the opening."
Hungry Jacks were contacted for comment.
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