UP TO thirty new jobs are planned in the area's McDonalds restaurants this year.
Ten jobs could be created in each McDonalds restaurant in Bangor, Caernarfon and Holyhead as the company expands its operation to bring a 100 new jobs to North Wales by the end of 2013
Franchisee Phil Lowndes owns all three restaurants in the area, as well as Llandudno Junction.
He said: “In 2012 we added some fantastic crew from the local community to our team, many of whom were starting out in their first job and may otherwise not have had the opportunity to join the world of work.
“We increased the number of McDonalds employees by 12 per cent, and we hope to repeat that success by increasing the total number of jobs in north west Wales from 260-300.”
Ninety five percent of McDonalds employees in Gwynedd and Anglesey are between the age of 16 and 23, working in both full and part-time positions.
Mr Lowndes believes the company is doing well despite recent economic worries, which may have actually had a positive effect on business in the area.
He added: “The danger is there, with all the high-profile store closures recently, that it could have an effect on other businesses.
“However, it seems like we’ve had an influx of visitors to the area recently, especially in the April-October season, which could be a result of less people going abroad.
“In Bangor we’re actually looking at increasing the drive through to a dual-lane service, which would help us serve more customers quickly.
“Drive-through accounts for a huge part of the business and the demand is there. It’s a reflection of how popular the service is.”