Wendy's plans Andy Bay Rd outlet

The site of the former Red Barn Garden Centre could be a Wendy's Hamburgers by this time next year. Photo by Craig Baxter. A bun fight may be imminent in Andersons Bay Rd, Dunedin, as Wendy's Hamburgers seeks to open its first Dunedin burger outlet - between Burger King and McDonald's.

The Dunedin City Council is considering an application to redevelop the site of the former Red Barn Garden Centre.

Developer Allan Dippie's company Home Centre Properties has applied to redevelop the site and build a 24-hour 62-seat Wendy's Hamburgers restaurant with drive-through as well as two other ''quick-serve'' food restaurants on the same site.

An application to the council says tenants have not yet been sourced for the two other restaurants.

The road is increasingly populated with fast-food chains, including McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, KFC and Hell Pizza.

Wendy's is expanding its operation in New Zealand and last year said it was keen to open a store in Dunedin.

Wendy's NZ chief executive Danielle Lendich said if the council granted consent, the fast-food chain hoped to open next spring. She said Wendy's did not want to go to Andersons Bay Rd because its competitors were there, but because it was becoming a food hub and was on a busy road.

It was also reasonably difficult to get a fast-food business into the more central areas of the city, she said.

The site is in an industrial zone so the restaurant activity is not permitted.

City council senior planner John Sule said the application was notified on a limited basis, to immediate neighbours only, and no submissions were received, so council staff were considering the application internally, rather than a hearings committee.

- debbie.porteous@odt.co.nz

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