A pub and restaurant chain is looking to hire up to 75 people as it expands farther outside Lehigh and Northampton counties by opening a site in Oaks.
The P.J.W. Restaurant Group said it seeks workers for year-round, front and back of the house positions, ranging from servers to line cooks at its 19th restaurant, slated for a December opening. Senior staff are looking to fill a number of full- and part-time positions at this branch, according to a news release.
P.J. Whelihan’s has 11 locations in Pennsylvania and eight in New Jersey, including Reading, South Whitehall Township and Hanover Township, Northampton County.
The new restaurant is set for a Dec. 19 opening, said Jim Fris, chief operating officer of the P.J. Whelihan’s Restaurant Group, headquartered in Haddonfield, N.J.
“We’ve been looking at that market for a long time,” Fris said. “We looked at some of the competitor restaurants.”
At least two national chains have opened locations there in the past two years, he said.
With a nearby movie theater and several hotels, he feels the location is a perfect fit.
The newest site at 180 Mill Road in Oaks will join the Marketplace at Oaks, occupying a former Max & Erma’s. The Marketplace, which includes a Lowe’s, Target and Regal Cinemas, is a shopping center on the border of Montgomery and Chester counties.
He sees room to grow the P.J. Whelihan’s brand further into the Lehigh Valley as well.
“We’ve been actively pursuing another location in the Lehigh Valley,” Fris said. “We really believe P.J. Whelihan’s is a strong brand in the valley and there’s room for two or three more.”
The new Oaks location, built by Schorn Construction Company of Downingtown, will have an addition that includes space for an indoor and outdoor patio, he said.