McDonald’s Yagoona store reopens, 50 years since first restaurant unveiled

By Sarah Stowe | 20 Dec 2021 View comments

McDonald’s reopens its first Australian store with a flashback to the 1970s. It was the Yagoona outlet in Sydney that brought the Golden Arches to these shores and on Friday 17 December, the memory of those days was revived with limited time retro pricing on the menu.

Celebrating 50 years since the very first Macca’s opened its doors in December 1971, the new McDonald’s Yagoona reduced the Hamburger to its original 20 cents for two hours.

Reflecting the style of the original Yagoona restaurant in its unique décor, the restaurant features a historic timeline, images of the 1971 restaurant and a Happy Meal toy display with iconic toys from across the years.  

Andrew Gregory, CEO McDonald’s Australia, said “We are incredibly proud to reopen McDonald’s Yagoona and recognise its important part of our history. “

The original restaurant operated from December 1971 to 1994.

Original McDonald's Yagoona outlet | Inside Franchise Business Executive

Original McDonald’s Yagoona outlet | Inside Franchise Business Executive

“Everything our customers know and love about McDonald’s Australia started at Yagoona, from Happy Meals and birthday parties to first jobs and community contribution,” he said.

Original McDonald's Yagoona | Inside Franchise Business Executive

Original McDonald’s Yagoona | Inside Franchise Business Executive

“The reopening celebrates 50 years of supporting our customers, people and communities in Australia.”

McDonald’s Yagoona represents a $5 million investment into the local economy and will create 120 jobs  across crew, management, barista and maintenance roles.  

“The new restaurant will employ people of all ages and experience levels, offer a supportive working  environment, outstanding training and development opportunities, and the flexibility to suit all circumstances,” said Gregory. 

The fast food giant invests more than $40 million into training and development initiatives each year.

“McDonald’s is committed to helping our people build their skills and career opportunities both within McDonald’s and other industries,” said Gregory.

Following the opening of Yagoona, McDonald’s employs over 39,000 people across 326 restaurants in NSW.

McDonald's Yagoona 2021 | Inside Franchise Business Executive

McDonald’s Yagoona 2021 | Inside Franchise Business Executive

The new restaurant will operate 24-hours and feature a McCafé, dual lane drive-thru, dedicated delivery  partner room and PlayPlace.  

In addition to the 20 cent Hamburger, McDonald’s Yagoona will also sell $1 Cheeseburgers and $2 coffee  from 17 December to 7 January as a special, limited purchase promotion for customers