MORE than 100 casual and part-time jobs will be created when fast food chain Hungry Jack’s opens two franchise restaurants in the North East.
The move comes 18 years after the chain’s first restaurant opened in Albury and two years after the closure of a Lavington outlet in 2012.
Work is under way on a Hungry Jack’s associated with The Spargo Group as part of Barnawartha North’s new truck service centre on the Murray Valley Highway. It is scheduled to open in May.
Construction of the second restaurant has started at White Box Rise in Wodonga on Victoria Cross Parade, next to Woolworths and is set to open before Easter.
White Box Rise is a second site for the existing owner of Albury’s Hungry Jack’s, believed to have an association with accountants Crowe Howath, formerly WHK.
National marketing manager Paul Tredinnick said Hungry Jack’s was pleased to invest in the Wodonga region.
“We look forward to offering the community the same fresh, great tasting food we serve in more than 360 restaurants around the country,” he said.
Both stores are seeking staff.
“A job with Hungry Jack’s is a great way to kick-start your working life and gain valuable skills,” Mr Tredinnick said.
“We’re supportive of career progression and, in fact, many of our corporate executives started off as crew members in their local stores.”
Albury’s restaurant in Hume Street took over a former Matilda’s in 1996.
Franchise owners at the time, Geoff and Gabrielle Manson, bought the building in a deal believed to be worth more than $1 million.
The store had to be re-built in 2010 after a fire.
About 100 people were evacuated from the fire, which occurred weeks after franchisee John Watson sold to a new owner.
A Lavington store in Wagga Road closed two years ago after sales fell when a Caltex service station shut.