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McDonald’s expands drive-through network in China

i guess since chinese cars are increasing quick..mcdonalds had to increase their drivethrus quick :)
its all relative to china and its CARS

BEIJING – McDonald’s Corp. and a Chinese oil company Friday opened the first of a planned series of more than two dozen drive-through restaurants, launching an effort to tap China’s growing taste for cars and Western fast food.

The drive-through on Beijing’s northwestern outskirts is McDonald’s 16th in China, but its first in the new venture with China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.

Jeffrey Schwartz, McDonald’s chief executive officer for China, said the two companies plan to open 25 to 30 drive-throughs in the next 12 to 18 months.

China’s booming market is a key growth area for McDonald’s, Schwartz said.

“It’s huge. It’s a real priority for the global company because of the potential growth in China,” he said. “We think drive-throughs are a big part of this.”

McDonald’s, based in Oak Brook, Ill., opened its first outlet in China in 1990 and has expanded in the country to 780 restaurants with 50,000 employees.

But among Western fast food chains, it trails Yum Brands Inc., which has more than 2,000 KFC restaurants in China and more than 300 Pizza Huts.

China’s double-digit economic growth in recent years has created a burgeoning market for cars, fast food and other consumer goods.

McDonald’s Chinese partner, also known as Sinopec, has more than 30,000 filling stations throughout China, giving the hamburger chain a wide selection of potential locations and a ready stream of drivers.

China last year passed Japan to become the world’s No. 2 vehicle market after the United States, as car purchases by newly affluent drivers jumped 37 percent to 3.8 million.
 

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phaeton said:
How sad, now Maccas is in China :nono:
I studied business in HK before, and one of the case studies we went over was KFC in China - they are really aggresive! I think they turned up in 1984!!!
 

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NOW if they could expand their MENU, that would REALLY be something!! I miss fresh salads and hot apple pies.................:(
 

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jmsteiny said:
NOW if they could expand their MENU, that would REALLY be something!! I miss fresh salads and hot apple pies.................:(
I think they do have apple pies, I went there the other day for a big mac (McDonalds may be junk but its clean junk, old ronald can clear up any Beijing Belly!) asked for an apple pie but they said they had sold out, only had pineapple pies, seemed ok.

No salads though :(
 
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