North Carolina-NC 1st McDonalds- August 26

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 26

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Today in North Carolina you don’t have to drive far to locate a McDonald’s. I got wondering about the first McDonald’s in the state.

On September 30, 1959, the first McDonald’s Restaurant in North Carolina opened at 1101 Summit Avenue, at the intersection of Bessemer Avenue, in East Greensboro. Here is a photo of the store, still in the same location, 57 years later.


This store was opened by two WWII veterans back when the chain had less than 500 stores and hamburgers were a mere 15 cents.

menu mcdonalds

Menu II

In 2014 there were 475 McDonalds in the state of North Carolina. I am sure today that number surpasses 500.





One comment

  1. Interesting! That looks a lot like the one I worked at in Louisburg, NC when I was in high school; I know it was built some time in the mid to late sixties. I’ll bet it was built using the same plan. The Louisburg one has since been replaced with shiny new one though.

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