McDonald’s opens its doors to Peshawar

Published: December 29, 2015
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First branch of McDonald’s inaugurated in the city. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/ EXPRESS

First branch of McDonald’s inaugurated in the city. PHOTOS: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/ EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: People of the city need not crave a Big Mac from a distance any longer as McDonald’s, one of the world’s largest fast food chains, has opened its doors in Peshawar.

“The restaurant will offer meals of various levels to customers from all segments of society,” said McDonald’s Pakistan CEO Amin Muhammad Lakhani at the inaugural ceremony of the restaurant on Sher Khan Road in the city on Monday.

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“The restaurant will provide quality food in a clean environment to its customers.” He added the building is a state-of-the-art structure. “The staff is well-trained, and men and women will work in the restaurant without discrimination.”

Lakhani added not only will quality food be provided to the customers, but employment opportunities are also up for grabs for the youth.

As he spoke about the future plans of the restaurant, Lakhani said outlets of McDonald’s would be opened in other parts of the province as well. “People going to other cities to have McDonald’s [food] will no longer have to do so.”

McDonald’s Country Marketing Director Jameel Mughal said, “The restaurant, with 200 seats, would provide an appetising meal for the people.” He added that space for birthday parties and other functions would also be provided. “Besides [separate] meals for children, there is also a play area.”

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Shazia, a customer who came from Islamabad said, “I have come here with my family to taste the food at McDonald’s in Peshawar.” She added that she enjoyed the meal.

Mahnoor, who was also present on the opening day, said she used to go to Islamabad and Rawalpindi to have McDonald’s, but now she is happy that an outlet has opened in her city.

Another customer, Kamran Khan, said the opening of the chain in the city has made children very happy. “We have been waiting since a long time for this to happen; it is good for food lovers.”

Fairly large number of people of the city reached the restaurant to give it a try.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Sohaib
    Dec 29, 2015 - 2:19AM

    Well now IK & co. has some kind of achievement to brag about that they did something useful for the people of KPK and Peshawar instead of crying about dhandli in elections all the time.

    Good for PTI supporters i guess.Recommend

  • Israr
    Dec 29, 2015 - 5:09AM

    Mcdonald can not compete with local foods or local made burgers. McDonald is basically junk foodRecommend

  • Dec 29, 2015 - 7:50AM

    Good news indeed,at least something to cheer about,personally don’t like McDonald’s but children love it and that is what is important.If we can get a decent Park built in Peshawar that will charge gate money of say about Rs 50 per person and only families allowed with playing area for children that will add to the city a lot and the residents will start feeling at last something as good as Islamabad is here in Peshawar as well.Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Dec 29, 2015 - 9:41AM

    I can think of nowhere in the world where the arrival of junk food is treated as a joyous occasion and one of achievement.Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Dec 29, 2015 - 10:03AM

    Now we can brag in front of the poor that we are getting Phoren Investors to invest in Peshawar and other remote areas.

    I bet we will see lot of such on the CPEC route.Recommend

  • John
    Dec 29, 2015 - 10:22AM

    @Sohaib:
    IK has nothing to do with the opening of this restaurant.Were you just trolling or it that actually what you think of it? Either way , you have alot of catching up to do , mate!Recommend

  • bubugugu
    Dec 29, 2015 - 10:24AM

    @Israr:
    u are delusional mateRecommend

  • Anon
    Dec 29, 2015 - 10:29AM

    @Sohaib:
    You call this an achievement by the government? Seriously !!!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 29, 2015 - 10:41AM

    @Israr:
    You forget the FACT that the sun never sets on the McDonalds Empire WORLDWIDE!Recommend

  • George Peppard
    Dec 29, 2015 - 11:57AM

    MENU CARD

    1) Lashkar-e-burger
    2) Burger-e-taliban
    3) Burger-e-janghvi
    4) Dawa-e-burger
    6) ISI-burgerRecommend

  • SHAH
    Dec 29, 2015 - 12:33PM

    @Israr:
    Locals speak Pukhto language too, and not english.. so, reading your comment makes sense.. and english speaking pukhtoons will enjoy Mac ..maybe you would too, eat relish and enjoy it, … but still complain and call it junk food. Nobody is comparing local recipe foods with Mac; Recommend

  • azmat
    Dec 29, 2015 - 12:51PM

    “The restaurant will provide quality food in a clean environment to its customers.” Well i have worked in Macdonald in my Uni days in UK at the very lowest level and i know how “good” the quality of their food is despite the fact that UK have very stringent laws for food hygiene and safety. What will happen when it comes to Peshawar is anybody’s guess Recommend

  • azmat
    Dec 29, 2015 - 12:52PM

    “People going to other cities to have McDonald’s [food] will no longer have to do so.” What a laughable statement.Does anyone one go to another city to eat a junkie Macdonalds burger, give me break man.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 29, 2015 - 4:52PM

    KPK people eat the healthiest tastiest food. No need for them to eat junk food.Recommend

  • Faisal Ahmad Jafri
    Dec 29, 2015 - 4:53PM

    Those blaming McDonalds for poor food have less understanding. McDonald is a benchmark for all sort of service industry. Recommend

  • reader
    Dec 29, 2015 - 6:33PM

    yes its owned by same group as this newspaper, thats why they are hyping it. whereas mcdonalds meat is of very poor quality in pakistan and inedibly bad tastingRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 30, 2015 - 9:45AM

    @Faisal Ahmad Jafri:
    That’s right, a benchmark for ever declining standards !Recommend

  • Afghan
    Jan 1, 2016 - 3:36AM

    I think we have Kfc in Peshawar mac isn’t the first one 2nd these kfcs and macs etc (fast foods) have been down rated by researchers for obesity and other gastro problems anyway a good entry for fans but this Is not the era to toss anything into ur stomach simple clean balanced and better cooked food should be the optionRecommend

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