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First-ever McDonald’s® in Canada celebrates re-opening with original Golden Arches™

June 21, 2017

RICHMOND, June 21, 2017 - This year marks McDonald’s Canada’s 50th anniversary and to commemorate the milestone, the restaurant chain will be re-opening the doors to its first-ever Canadian location in Richmond, BC on Friday, June 23rd.

For the opening weekend, the restaurant is celebrating loudly and proudly with some nostalgic elements, including original uniforms, a vintage car, classic images over the past 50 years and a throwback to 1967 with a special one-day $0.67 hamburger special.
“Returning the iconic Golden Arches to their original home is a very special moment, and one that we are happy to share with the community, residents and long-time guests,” said Joe Guzzo, McDonald’s Richmond Franchisee. “I am thrilled to build on the rich history that this location has by modernizing the restaurant and the experience for all our guests. We look forward to welcoming the City of Richmond and all community members back to the restaurant to check out our new look while enjoying some fun little nuggets from our past.”
Of course, the celebration would not be complete without a special guest appearance by the chain’s very own Ronald McDonald®, who will be delighting guests on opening day. Throughout the festivities the restaurant will also be giving away a variety of prizes to restaurant and drive thru guests.
Community members and guests are invited to join in the fun by visiting the newly renovated restaurant on No.3 road. It will feature innovative elements including self-order kiosks, McCafé® Bakery and a modern look and feel – with wood and stone finishes. In addition, guests will see the original Golden Arches back in their place, as well as a commemorative plaque and a piece of brick from the original building.
“This restaurant is a tremendous source of pride for our McFamily,” said Shelly Hansen, Regional Vice President, Western Canada, McDonald’s Canada. “Fifty years ago, we were thrilled to start our McDonald’s Canada journey, right here in BC. Today, we feel very happy and fortunate to celebrate this significant milestone with the community that has supported us for so many years.”

Fun Facts
June 1, 1967 First McDonald’s restaurant in Canada opens in Richmond, BC
Currently, there are 197 McDonald’s restaurants in British Columbia
Local franchisee Joe Guzzo owns 13 McDonald’s restaurants and has been with the company for four decades, first as an employee and now as a franchisee
For more information contact:
Michelle Yao
(416) 446-3634

About McDonald’s® Canada
In 1967, Canadians welcomed the first McDonald’s restaurant to Richmond, British Columbia. Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited has become part of the Canadian fabric, serving close to three million guests every day. Together with our franchisees, we proudly employ nearly 90,000 people from coast-to-coast and approximately 85 per cent of McDonald’s 1,400 Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. Of the almost $1 billion we spend on food, more than 85 per cent is purchased from suppliers in Canada.
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