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In news that’s sure to please anti-walking activists, McDonald’s has announced that 40 percent of the 225-250 new franchises set to open this year will be drive-thru restaurants. With the recent news that an obesity epidemic is happening in Beijing, it looks as if China is well on its way to having waistlines to match their increased status in world affairs.
The Shanghai Daily reports:
Drive-throughs have become one of the company’s fastest growing sectors in China, the world’s largest auto market, though it usually takes longer for such outlets to secure land, Kenneth Chan, chief executive of McDonald’s China, said today in Shanghai.
The fast food chain said last month it plans to open 225-250 stores in China this year after opening a record 200 outlets in 2011. The expansion will be underpinned by a 50 percent increase in investment in the country, McDonald’s has said.
McDonald’s currently has more than 1,400 outlets on the Chinese mainland, which is a far cry compared with KFC’s 3200. At this rate, author Chan Koonchung will have to come out with a Morbidly and Perversely Obese Years sequel to The Fat Years, his dystopian novel that’s been compared to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.