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South Bay McDonald’s Franchises Begin Hiring Frenzy

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Big Macs and Happy Meals were not the only items flying off the shelves on Tuesday at McDonald’s chains across the country, including in the South Bay, as the fast food giant held its first National Hiring Day.

They’re expected to hire about 2,000 people in Northern California. Officials said they are seeing a lot more customers, possibly a sign of improvement for the struggling economy.

“We’re getting more traffic and more people are buying more items,” said Cosmo Fagundo, who owns 14 McDonald’s restaurants, mainly in the San Jose area. “We have several that are becoming 24-hour stores. Not every night, but some as many as three days a week.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Fagundo is hiring 50 new employees and said he received 700 applications in just the last ten days, many of whom were just happy at the chance to get a new job and supplement their income.

All told, McDonald’s planned to hire 50,000 new workers nationwide, which would boost staffing by about seven percent. The company has about 14,000 restaurants across the United States.

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