Photographers in 1990 Capture Amazing Images of the First McDonalds in Moscow, Giant Crowds Ensue

Photographers in 1990 Capture Amazing Images of the First McDonalds in Moscow, Giant Crowds Ensue

On January 31, 1990, the first Soviet McDonald’s opened in Moscow. At the time, it was the world’s largest McDonald’s, but one things you may not know is that all the McDonald’s restaurants in all of the former Soviet Union are wholly owned by McDonald’s Canada with no input from the US parent company. To overcome Soviet supply problems, the company creates its own supply chain, including farms, within the USSR. Unlike other foreign investments, the restaurant accepts rubles, not dollars, and is extremely popular, with waiting lines of several hours common in its early days. Continue reading for more pictures from its opening day.

Photographers in 1990 Capture Amazing Images of the First McDonalds in Moscow, Giant Crowds Ensue

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