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MOSCOW-McDONALD'S SERVES 30 MILLION CUSTOMERS IN TWO YEARS

 MOSCOW-McDONALD'S SERVES 30 MILLION CUSTOMERS IN TWO YEARS
 MOSCOW, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 31, 1992, the world's busiest restaurant will have served over 30 million customers, an average of 40,000 per day. Celebrating its second anniversary, Moscow- McDonald's, a rubles-only restaurant, is the largest among over 12,000 McDonald's locations worldwide. Expansion plans continue for the opening of two additional restaurants, and Moscow-McDonald's growing office staff will move to new quarters in the Arbat area. The Joint Venture's new headquarters is an historic building, entirely refurbished by local craftsmen and funded by rubles.
 In its first two years of operation, Moscow-McDonald's has made significant contributions to the development of Russia's food service and processing industries, agriculture, and business practices. Over 400 specialists throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States have visited the Joint Venture's food processing plant to study its state-of- the-art technology and equipment.
 "McDonald's long term investment approach and technical assistance in developing our resources and people, is a model of success," said Gavriil Popov, Mayor of the City of Moscow. "We are thankful that their leadership has acted as an example for other international businesses."
 Since Moscow-McDonald's opened in 1990, over 70 of its Russian employees have received training in Canada, the USA, and in Europe, and more than 500 employees have received promotions. With 1,100 restaurant employees, the company's second anniversary milestones even include 20 couples who met through work at the Golden Arches and married.
 "McDonald's is all about people", said George A. Cohon, vice chairman of Moscow-McDonald's and president and CEO of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited. "The past two years have been memorable. We want to thank the community, our 100 suppliers and specialists, as well as the 30 million customers who have made McDonald's a vital part of the lifestyle of Muscovites." To commemorate the completion of two years in Moscow, McDonald's will share its success by giving back to the community it serves.
 Rusian Khasbulatov, vice president of the Russian Republic said "Nowadays, when we are going through such a hard period of time here, McDonald's Joint Venture makes a great contribution to providing high quality catering for the City of Moscow, serving people for rubles and representing a model of highly organized and friendly service for customers." Khasbulatov added "From the very start the company has worked hard on charitable activities, providing humanitarian, financial and medical assistance for disabled children, families with low incomes, orphanages and hospitals."
 Since it's opening, Moscow-McDonald's has helped raise over $1.7 million to benefit children in need. On its second anniversary, $500,000 will be donated to the charitable projects of the Russian Children's Fund. Additionally, Moscow-McDonald's will donate 1 million rubles to the charities operated under the auspices of the City of Moscow.
 Vladimir Malyshkov, chairman of Moscow-McDonald's and general director of Mosobshepit, said the restaurant's crew and management are very excited about the way McDonald's is marking its second anniversary. "McDonald's is an integral part of city life here," he commented. "On our second anniversary, we want to extend a collective and sincere thank you to the people of Moscow in a meaningful way."
 As a gift to the greater community, Moscow-McDonald's will unveil the "McHappy Van", a mobile recreational and fitness facility for disabled children. Co-sponsored by the Russian Children's Fund, McHappy Van will make regular visits to Moscow's orphanages, hospitals, schools and other venues to provide disabled children with a much-needed program of fitness and recreational activities.
 Moscow-McDonald's is a joint venture partnership between McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited and Mosobshepit, the Food Service Administration of the Moscow City Council. It is the largest joint venture agreement ever made by a Canadian food service company in Russia. The joint venture agreement calls for the operation of up to 20 McDonald's restaurants in the city of Moscow, supported by McComplex, the 10,000-square meter food production and distribution center located in the Solntsevo Region of Moscow.
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