Supermac’s founders Pat and Una McDonagh have announced plans to develop three motorway service stations over the next two years, creating 220 jobs.

They made the announcement as construction begins on their €8m motorway service station on the M6 with the laying of the first block by Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring this afternoon.

The Junction 16 Kiltullagh Plaza will open in early 2016 and will provide 100 jobs.

According to its developers Pat and Una McDonagh of Supermac’s, it will be the country’s largest motorway service station. Its food offerings will include Mac’s Place Deli, Bakery & Fresh Carvery, Supermac’s, Papa John’s Pizza, SuperSubs and Bewley’s.

It will be fully accessible to traffic travelling east and west and will link on the existing road network with Loughrea and the major towns in east Galway.

The McDonaghs said they will create a further 220 jobs at three more plaza sites to be developed over the next couple of years, including M18 Ennis and Limerick.

Their existing motorway stations are The Barack Obama Plaza (M7), Tipperary Town Plaza (Limerick Road) and Mallow N20 Plaza (Limerick Road).