THE ARCHES HAVE LANDED! McDonald’s® Opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul-- Nearly two years after McDonald’s left the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), the Golden Arches®  have returned, this time on Terminal 1’s Concourse D.
With each meal made to order, the new McDonald’s at MSP features a fast, affordable menu that includes quality wholesome options for those on the go seeking lower-calorie choices. 
Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said a new McDonald’s has been travelers’ most frequent restaurant request since the company’s contract with Delta Air Lines for stores on Concourse G expired in December 2011. Hamiel said the commission has been working with McDonald’s since then to find a suitable location for the restaurant’s return.
“I’m pleased to say today that travelers can once again satisfy their appetite at McDonald’s before boarding their flight,” Hamiel said.
The new 1,800 square foot McDonald’s restaurant is located near the entrance to Concourse D and will be open 24 hours a day. Local McDonald’s owner/operator Courtney Henry said the store would employ about 60 people. There is also a new seating area with ample outlets on Concourse D so travelers can recharge their mobile technology while recharging their bodies with quick eats from McDonald’s.
"We're delighted that there has been such a great demand for McDonald's to return to the airport,” said Henry, whose organization, Franchise Foods, owns and operates eight other McDonald’s restaurants in St. Paul. “We’re excited to be back serving the traveling public and MSP employees."
McDonald’s is offering Grand Opening specials available in the free November/December MSP Eat, Shop, Relax coupon book, on FourSquare and on the Twitter feeds of the Twin Cities McDonald’s Co-op, @McD_Minnesota, and the airport, @mspairport.
About the McDonald’s Twin Cities Co-Op
The McDonald’s Twin Cities Co-Op consists of approximately 190 restaurants, more than 150 of which are independently owned and operated. In 2011, McDonald’s spent nearly $249.8 million in Minnesota communities.  In total, McDonald’s spent more than $190 million on Minnesota agricultural products in 2010. As a Minnesota employer, McDonald’s spent more than $137.8 million on wages for operators and managers alone in 2011.
About the Metropolitan Airports Commission
A public corporation of the state of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Airports Commission owns and operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) and six general aviation airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. MSP generates more than $10 billion in annual economic output for metro-area residents, businesses and communities.