I love McDonalds.
I love their attention to detail. I love their franchise record, I love their marketing. I mean 47 million customers each day, 22.8 billion dollars in revenue just in 2007, over 31,000 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.5 million people – truly amazing figures.
Shame that I HATE their food and won’t eat there!
For anyone in the restaurant game that sort of growth and amazing record has to be admired. I love reading about these sort of business so if anyone wants to send me for my upcoming birthday the autobiography of either the original McDonald’s brothers or/and Ray Kroc (the man who took the business to a new stratosphere) I would love you for ever!
There has been a bit of talk on the blogs and websites of ex pats living in Ubon recently about McDonald’s opening up at the Sunee hotel/ city mall complex. From a personal point of view I don’t think it is a good idea as the children of wealthy Thai parents seem to already have a major weight issue due to expendable income and a love affair of anything foreign. For foreigners I thing the food is awful and there are so many healthier and cheaper Thai options available. From a business point of view I don’t think it will affect us as we are catering to a totally different market but I guess if they also opened a McCafe then that would have to affect us in someway.
Not that I need to worry as a few days ago I was talking to a person in management who controls the food hall / food outlets part of the complex who assured me that McDonald’s is not opening. Of course this is Thailand and that can be open for interpretation but at this stage I believe it.
*Edit May 10, 2012* Almost three years since writing this I am afraid to say that McDonald’s in Ubon Ratchathani will soon become a reality. Click here (and read the update at the bottom) for more information.
*Edit Jan 15, 2012* McDonalds opened in December 2012. I have not been so have no idea what it is like but I have hear many bad reports about the quality control of their food. One day I may visit but only to try the coffee.