McDonald’s celebrates 50 years on Guam

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Special cake celebrating McDonald's 50th anniversary on Guam. (FB photo)

This past Saturday, McDonald’s Guam celebrated 50 years with the island.

Opened on June 10, 1971, the first McDonald’s on Guam in the village of Tamuning was previously known as the largest McDonald’s restaurant in the world during the ’70s and ’80s.

Since then, McDonald’s has opened an additional five restaurants on Guam in the villages of Agana, Harmon, Maite, Tumon, and Yigo.

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McDonald’s had two restaurants on the Naval Base, but with a mutual agreement with Naval Base Guam and McDonald’s, McDonald’s has since closed their locations within the base.

McDonald’s also closed their NCS location to make room for the upcoming Marine Base that is forming on the island.

Senator Frank Blas had this to say about the resolution celebrating McDonald’s and what they did for the community of Guam.

“McDonald’s restaurants on Guam have provided meals to shelter occupants, the homeless, participants in sporting events, the Special Olympics, women’s shelters, and school events, and has helped with numerous charity fundraisers over the years. They have also assisted in various humanitarian organizations such as the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the USO, the Filipino Association of Guam, and numerous other non-profits. McDonald’s restaurants on Guam has been a major supporter of Guam Crime Stoppers for over 25 years, understanding that the community needs everyone in preventing and solving crimes throughout the island.”

McDonald’s Marketing Manager Divina Evaristo stated that it is thanks to the community of Guam that the company continues to thrive.

“We’re very thankful that the people of Guam have been so loyal, becoming so regular, some people come every day of the week. After Mass, you’ll see a surge because families will come, and of course, after school, when there is in-person school, we have rushes. All the students and parents are there for a quick snack on the way home, kids are so hungry being in school all day. So we celebrate them, all the diversity, all the different ages, all the different classes. If you work in an office or construction. People just feel comfortable coming in… come as you are,” Evaristo said.

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Born and raised on the island of Saipan, Don moved to Guam in the Spring of 2016 to pursue higher education at the University of Guam. It was at UOG that Don discovered his passion for keeping his peers politically informed. Prior to joining PNC Don gained professional and life experience through a variety of odd jobs ranging from an administrative assistant to a bouncer to a luxury retail salesman. In his free time, you can find him flying his drone or doing landscape and portrait photography. Don joined the PNC News Team not only to broaden his writing skill but also to challenge himself to get in front of the camera, ultimately furthering his passion to promote an informed and politically engaged Mariånas. Don's beat is Court, Crime, and Regional and is also PNC's Lead Reporter.