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If the creation of the burger is attributed to the German town of Hamburg, then the first McDonald’s concept should definitely be associated with the United States, where brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald drafted the McDonald’s concept back in 1937. Meeting Ray Kroc, brand founder and eventual owner, gave a whole new dimension to their small business idea.

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  • 1955

    Ray Kroc has an idea

    Amazed by their performance, Ray Kroc met up and encouraged the McDonald brothers to develop their franchisee network. A few years, and a few commercial successes later, Ray Kroc bought the company from Richard and Maurice for $ 2.5 million. Four years later, Kroc opened his hundredth restaurant in 1960.

  • 1960

    The McDonald’s Corporation takes off

    Ten years after the opening of its very first restaurant in Chicago, McDonald’s launches its first public stock offering.

  • 1967

    McDonald’s goes international

    Previously only available in the States, McDonald’s focused on expanding its network further and opened new franchised outlets in Canada and Puerto Rico.

  • 1968

    A star is born

    The Big Mac is introduced to the McDonald’s menu.

  • 1971

    McDonald’s hits Europe

    Further testament to the success of McDonald’s is brought about by the first European franchisee in the Netherlands.

  • 1975

    Hit the road Jack

    A new concept is introduced to the McDonald’s brand with the introduction of their first drive thru restaurant in Arizona, USA.

  • 1979

    Hello, Happy!

    The first Happy Meal is introduced to the McDonald’s menu.

  • 1995

    McDonald’s becomes a local household name

    The first McDonald’s Malta restaurant is warmly welcomed in Valletta.

  • 2001

    New century, new burger

    The Big Tasty is introduced to the McDonald’s menu and launched worldwide with immediate success.

  • 2002

    McHappy Day is organised worldwide

    The first McHappy Day was organised as a global initiative in 2002. Since then it has been repeated every year in order to raise funds for children in need.

  • 2008

    Bigger, better

    The first local McCafé opens in Victoria, Gozo. McDonald’s Malta begins the remodelling process of all of its local stores.

  • 2013

    Sliema Opening

    Sliema McDonald's Opening

  • 2014

    Naxxar Opening

    Naxxar McDonald's Opening