Gretna, VA - More than 300 people came out to apply for jobs at the town's first McDonald's.
"If I get 70 fast feet and smiling faces, I'm going to hire 70 people," said McDonald's franchisee Larry McCarty.
McCarty also owns a store in Rocky Mount. He hopes the new Gretna location will put dollars back into the community.
"It gives you a sense of pride to go out and work and make money and you get a pay check, and you say 'Wow, I've earned this paycheck and I'm probably going to spend this paycheck back in the community I live in'," said McCarty.
Most of the jobs being offered will start at minimum wage, but many here are grateful for any income they can get.
"A lot of opportunities for people in this area is very well needed...everyone needs a job at this time, " said Shannelle Moss.
They're looking to fill positions ranging from entry level to management.
The Chamber of Commerce hopes opportunities for growth will encourage people to stay with the company.
"Seventy percent of owners of McDonald's have worked at McDonald's initially. So that just shows the corporate structure that they have and what a wonderful company it is. It's a career path if you want it to be," said Kate Farmer, business services manager with the Pittysylvania County Chamber of Commerce.
"If I can go from cashier to shift manager, you know. Wherever it takes me, I'll go," said Moss.
To apply for one of the available positions, visit the McDonald's careers website and select "Gretna".