The Golden Arches
McDonalds is taking over the world. Not only are they making moves on Balmoral and Kaikoura than they are opening a restaurant in the Louvre Museum next month.
The 1,142nd McDonalds in France will open just metres inside the main entrance as a celebration of its 3oth birthday.
An art historian working at the museum stated:
“This is the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and very unpleasant odours in the context of a museum…”
I couldn’t have put it better myself, and so I wont.
McDonalds joins a Starbucks that opened near the Right Bank entrance to the Louvre in 2008.
The restaurant chain in France has enjoyed the biggest growth outside the USA. According to the chain the fast food group opened 30 new outlets last year in France and welcomed 450 million customers – up 11 per cent on the previous year.
Read the original Daily Telegraph article.
So, after my post about McDonalds buying land in Kaikoura I was contacted by the good folk in Balmoral Auckland. They have been fighting to stop a McDonalds restaurant open in their suburb.
TV3 ran a story tonight that said the McDonalds application has been approved – with one proviso: that they aren’t allowed to erect the 10 metre high identifying “Golden Arches”.
Needless to say the Balmoral Community Group are gutted. They continue to fight and are raising funds to appeal the decision.
According to the Balmoral Community Group spokesperson Nathan Inkpen, the biggest walking bus in the country will be passing by the McDonalds restaurant twice a day. Perhaps that is the main reason that the McD’s positioned the site there. After all, we know they like to target the young.
Go to the Balmoral Says No! website to lend your support and help them continue the fight.
After my weekend posting about the protests against McDonalds setting up shop in Kaikoura Justine from Balmoral made her campaign against McDonalds in her suburb known to me.
Little did I know there are communities around the country fighting to stop this fast-food giant establishing itself.
And the Balmoral people look highly organised indeed. Check out their activity here.
And while we are on the subject, my children have been watching morning TV during their school holidays as a treat. (If I ever have to watch another episode of Ben 10 I’ll scream – loudly.)
McDonalds seem to have moved from advertising the food on morning TV to advertising the games and figurines in an attempt, successfully, to persuade the children to persuade the parents to buy the food.
In my book they are the same thing. The reality is that you can’t get the figurine without buying a burger or a happy meal. Bugger.
McDonalds not wanted in Kaikoura
The locals in Kaikoura probably won’t win this battle – more’s the pity.
McDonalds has revealed it bought a large block of land on the outskirts of this seaside town with the ultimate aim of erecting the Golden Arches.
Locals are upset about it, but the district plan will allow for the restaurant.
While I’d hate to see the culinary delights of Kaikoura blighted by the presence of a McDonalds restaurant the people petitioning against the development could be seen as a little hypocritical. SUBWAY have a restaurant in Kaikoura. While their footprint is smaller they are still a global brand selling anything but local produce.
According to the Marlborough Express “feedback from a forum held in 2002, A Kaikoura Celebration, indicated that the community did not want to see any large fast food chains in town and a similar scenario is being played out in Mosgiel, where residents have approached the council to try to stop the move.”
Seems it might be too late.