More than 400 jobseekers were interviewed for just 60 positions at the country’s newest McDonald’s restaurant which opened in Cork yesterday.
Businessman Jim Ronayne, the owner and operator of the new €3m outlet built on a strip of former Munster Rugby land alongside Musgrave Park on the Kinsale Road, said he had a queue of people seeking work.
“We treat people very well. We pay them well in excess of the minimum wage and have never had a problem with recruitment,” he said.
“We interviewed over 400 people for the jobs here. I had a queue of people who wanted to work here.
“I have been 25 years in the business. I have sons and daughters of people who worked for me in the past, working for me today.
“It’s all about respect for people — that’s what we’ve always done. I could take on another 30 people if I needed to, and hopefully that will happen.”
Mr Ronayne opened his first McDonald’s restaurant in Mallow in 1998, and operates the drive-through franchise in Blackpool and the in-store franchise in Blackpool shopping centre.
Yesterday’s opening of his fourth restaurant near the junction with Tramore Road brings to more than 200 the number of people employed across his Travglen group.
“The economic climate is still tough but things are improving,” he said.
“We have a fantastic brand over the door and we work closely with what customers want.
“I’m confident that while we are still in tough economic times, I think the business will be very successful.”
He defended the siting of a fast-food restaurant so close to Turner’s Cross and Musgrave Park and said he hopes to capitalise on the huge draw of spectators to games at both venues.
“We have a broad menu and a lot of options. It’s all about variety. It’s up to customers then to choose what they want,” he said.
“People are out for a sporting event, they want to forget about the cares of the world for a few hours and chill out, enjoy the event and come here afterwards.”
The 86-seat restaurant, which features four self-order kiosks, two side-by-side drive-through points, and free wifi, has 50 parking spaces and will be open 7am to 11pm seven days a week.
Meanwhile, AMT Coffee has revamped its coffee bar at Kent railway station.
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