Fast food operator McDonald’s plans to build its biggest restaurant for the 2012 London Olympics. The company has been an Olympics sponsor since 1976.
The 32,000 square-foot (3,000 square-meter) two-story building in the Olympic Park will have 1,500 seats. The restaurant is equivalent to half the length of an American football field and will be one of four McDonald’s outlets built in and around the Olympic Park, including one in the athletes’ village and one in the media centre.
The burger giant says it expects to serve 1.75 million meals during the games, which run from July 27 to Aug. 12, 2012. That could mean around 50,000 Big Macs, 100,000 sets of fries and near 30,000 milkshakes will be sold during the tournament. The restaurant is set to hire 470 staff for the megastore, while around 2,000 staff are expected to man the counters at all the restaurants over the course of the Games.
McDonald’s UK chief executive Jill McDonald said being involved in the greatest sporting event on earth is hugely exciting. We want everyone who visits our Olympic Park restaurants to have the best possible customer experience, and are confident that the look and feel of these cutting-edge designs will provide that environment, she said.