McDonald’s opens first restaurant in Arequipa, Peru



Arequipa is golden arch-less no longer. (Photo of the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa by Nathan Paluck)

This past Friday a McDonald’s restaurant opened in the city of Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city. This is McDonald’s first restaurant in Arequipa and the third restaurant outside of the capital city of Lima, following openings in the cities of Trujillo and Cusco.

“We’re happy to continue our expansion here in Peru,” said Luis Raganato, general manager of McDonald’s in Peru. “We’re proud to bring the McDonald’s experience to more and more Peruvians.”

According to McDonald’s website in Peru, there are 18 restaurants and five McCafés in Lima which serve more than 20,000 customers daily.

The company Arcos Dorados, which operates all McDonald’s franchises in Latin America, reported earlier this year a record US $3.6 billion in 2009 sales in Latin America. At the close of 2009, Arcos Dorados had 1,800 restaurants, 263 McCafés and 1,217 dessert spots.