The Stonelake Corp is the overarching identity that owns and operates Dunedin's three franchisee McDonald's stores.
Justin Stonelake grew up with McDonald's and decided, after working part-time in a restaurant, that it was 'totally me". He worked his way up from being a crew member and later spent five years working in the company's head office, before being approached to become a franchisee in 2007, operating three restaurants in Northland with his wife Eterei.
After five years up north, they were approached to head south and explore the opportunities in Dunedin. That was when their next adventure began. Despite the big move, he and his wife admitted they fell in love with the city.
The couple have a young family and were impressed with the schooling in the area and "unbelievable" sporting facilities but, most of all, they were overwhelmed by the friendly people.
To run a successful franchise, is a lot of hard work but also very rewarding. Their work has been acknowledged with a string of awards from McDonalds Head Office, most recently, not only winning the Outstanding Restaurant in New Zealand award for Anderson's Bay, but also winning Owner Operators of the year.
Now employing over 200 staff across three stores adds to the complexity to their business, as does being open 24 hours a day, every day, but one they wouldn't change. Watching their team learn and grow professional and personally combined with having the ability to support a charity that is very dear to them - Ronald McDonald House Charities, is extremely rewarding.
To date the Stonelake Corp group of McDonald's restaurants in Dunedin have raised in excess of one million dollars to support Kiwi families by supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities in providing emotional, financial and practical assistance for families with hospitalised children through the provision of accommodation and wider support programmes.
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