McDonald's Corp. will add 12,000 jobs and open 240 new restaurants across Europe this year, the Financial Times in London reported on Saturday, citing the company's president of European operations.
The fast-food chain's plans for expansion in Europe are its biggest in five years, according to the FT.
The company will hire 50 people at each of the 240 new restaurants, mostly in Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Poland, the newspaper said.
Most of the jobs McDonald's is adding in Europe will be part-time and will include restaurant managers, assistant managers, swing managers, hostesses and crew, it added.
The fast-food company also plans to add about 400 new McCafes to the 800 it already has in Europe this year, the report said.
Denis Hennequin, president of McDonald's Europe, said there were "no signs of weakening" in the company's European business, but acknowledged consumers, particularly in Germany and Spain, were favoring the cheapest menu items, the FT added.
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