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McDonald’s Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary in Russia

2. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

America's favorite fast food joint has now been in Russia for 20 years!

 

On January 31st, 1990, after 14 years of tireless negotiations, McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Moscow’s Pushkin Square. The restaurant served 30,000 people on its first day, some of who had waited in line for over 10 hours in the city's sub-freezing temperatures. Even now, the Pushkin Square location remains one of the busiest locations in the world, having served over 37 million people since 1990.


"Initially people were skeptical about whether McDonald's would work in Russia,” said George Cohon, Founder of McDonald's Canada and Russia. “I'm very proud to say that since opening 20 years ago, we have served more than two billion customers, which is a testament to the great work and dedication of our Russian employees."


Today, McDonald’s currently employs over 25,000 people in Russia. The company plans to spend $135 million on 2010 expansions, a move that will create approximately 4,000-4,500 additional jobs.


"We now have 245 restaurants in more than 60 Russian cities across the country with plans to open 40-45 new stores in 2010," said Khamzat Khasbulatov, President of McDonald's.

 

No matter how one feels about McDonald's, it's hard to argue with that kind of success.

 

Here's a fun photo that's currently floating around the Net. Even the birds in Russia love McDonald's!

 

 

A video of McDonald's record-breaking opening in Moscow.