MCDONALD’S AMERICAN SAMOA TO OPEN ON FRIDAY

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MCDONALD’S AMERICAN SAMOA TO OPEN ON FRIDAY

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 25, 2000 – PIDP/CPIS/Samoa News/PINA)---The newest McDonald's restaurant in the U.S. opens Friday in American Samoa with elaborate festivities and a guest list totaling more than 100 people.

The American Samoa franchise is owned and operated by TRT Corp.

President Charlie Tautolo said the company has hired 100 local people, including the management team, in preparation for the grand opening. The crew is undergoing training now by 31 employees from the McDonalds franchise in Fiji.

"Our crew and managers have been working hard and we are all looking forward to putting our new skills to the test," Tautolo, a long time lawmaker, said in a press statement.

At the grand opening McDonald’s will introduce the latest burger, called the Double Quarter Pounder, made especially for Samoans.

The fast food restaurant will be open 17 hours a day, from 7:00 a.m. to midnight Monday to Saturday. Sundays, it will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.

The American Samoa opening continues the expansion of McDonald's into the South Pacific, with restaurants already operating in Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and across the waters in Apia, in neighboring Samoa.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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