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The McDonald’s restaurants at the Vauxhall and Brookdale South service areas on the Garden State Parkway have closed. Vending and grab-and-go food options will be offered at both locations temporarily. This spring, the main buildings are scheduled to be demolished. There will be no food available at either location while new facilities are being built.
Iris Buyer LLC last year bought out HMS Host’s toll road business and assumed the contract to operate restaurants in most Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike service areas. The Brookdale South and Vauxhall restaurants were not included; those two service areas were operated by McDonald’s under a separate contract. With the McDonald’s contract due to expire at the end of 2021, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority negotiated with Iris Buyer to include Vauxhall and Brookdale South in their operating agreement. The NJTA Board of Commissioners approved the amended agreement at its meeting in October.
The NJTA and Iris Buyer will share the cost of building the new facilities at Vauxhall and Brookdale south. When construction is complete in 2023, the Vauxhall restaurants will include Shake Shack, Popeyes, Dunkin', and a convenience store, while the Brookdale South restaurants will include Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Starbucks, and a convenience store.