The London Olympic Games will be the location for the world’s biggest McDonald’s, it has emerged.
The fast food giant, which is a sponsor of the Games, is set to build a giant outlet that spans two floors and can seat 1,500 people.
The outlet is understood to be one of three that will be based around the Olympic Park in Stratford, while another will be installed within the athletes’ village for those that might fancy a burger or milkshake in between events.
A report in The Christian Science Monitor, which highlighted concerns from the Academy of Royal Medical College that the sponsorship sends the wrong message in the wake of the UK’s ongoing anti-obesity drive, said McDonald’s will be the only restaurateur allowed to sell brand-name food at the Olympics.
The report claimed that McDonald’s expects one in 10 people visiting the Olympic Park to buy food from its on-site outlets.
McDonald’s has previously announced that the four restaurants it is opening for the Olympics will be among the most sustainable it has ever built.
It has promised to recycle and reuse all of the furniture and kitchen equipment — even beams and wiring — for future and existing restaurants.
The kitchen equipment will be labelled for sorting and relocated to future destinations as soon as the Games are over, while used cooking oil from the venues will also be converted into biodiesel to fuel the company’s delivery trucks.
“We continue to identify ways to do even more around increasing efficiencies, using fewer resources and reducing our environmental impact throughout our restaurants and supply chain,” stated Bob Langert, VP of sustainability at McDonald’s.
Several years ago, McDonald’s installed energy-saving technologies in all of the 1,200 restaurants it operates in the UK.
Although it served 20% more customers in 2010 than in 2007, it claims to have seen a reduction in carbon savings of more than 65,000 tons over the same period.