The Stonelake Corp is the overarching identity that owns and operates Southland and Dunedin's six franchisee McDonald's stores.
Justin and Eterei Stonelake actively work alongside their dedicated team to ensure every customer has a great experience when visiting a McDonald’s store in our region, if you ever feel this hasn’t been the case, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
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 to later spending 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, in 2012 they were approached to head down 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 efforts have been acknowledged with a string of awards. Most recently in April 2018 winning the globally highly contested Fred Turner Golden Arch Award and NZ Supreme Marketing Award and for a third time, 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.