One of the first to grab a burger to keep him going over a busy weekend, Donegal All ireland winner from 1992, Martin McHugh dropped in on opening day to the new Supermac's. PICTURES: MATT BRITTON
Ken Foley Supermac’s franchisee and owner in Donegal Town has already put out a call for more staff after what he described as “the biggest opening” of a Supermac's outlet in Ireland in Donegal town.
Speaking to the Democrat, Ken said, “I have never witnessed anything like it - we expected the curiosity value on Friday but even that exceeded all our expectations - it was just non stop in all sections of the store - carvery, supersubs, Papa Johns, the deli and, I can tell you something, you Donegal people just love your coffee.”
Ken estimated the footfall at approximately 10,000 customers daily with the crowds still flocking in even yesterday.
He added, “I may not be a Donegal man but I know my accents and there just seems to be people coming in from every part of the country.
“As for Sunday, well Ballybofey may have been a sea of green and gold but so were we - the queues jst stretched out the door. Despite the defeat by Tyrone the supporters were all in good form, disappointed but in a good natured way. No doubt they will be back.
Continuing he said, “On Monday morning we had to get the central depot open on a Bank Holiday to get restocked. I really don't think this has ever happened in the history of Supermac's. The whole thing has been phenomenal.
“I read in your paper a few weeks ago a quote from the famous Leo Brennan 'If you build it they will come'. This has proved certainly true this weekend.”
Ken is already recruiting additional staff and has advised would be applicants to get their curriculum vitae ready and either post it or get it out in person.
“I think this has attracted people to Donegal - it is a destination now in itself and hopefully everybody will benefit.”
The next big event in Supermac's is the annual Cannonball Run which will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary early in September.
The run is for charity and many of the most prominent celebrities in Ireland will be present in their Porsches. Lamborghini's E-type jags.
As for now, it looks like Supermac's Donegal is off to a flying start and numbers calling in are phenomenal.