More ‘Golden Arches’ for Samoa

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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McDonald's President and Owner: Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo.

McDonald's President and Owner: Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The president and owner of McDonald’s Restaurant, Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo is a man on a mission. 

There is currently one McDonalds in Samoa located in the heart of Apia. However Tautolo intends to add three more including one in Savai’i. They are also expanding their restaurant in Apia. 

“We are expanding it to reflect the latest global model of McDonalds, making it a 121-seat eatery. 

“We will have a McCafe inside and we are looking at remodeling and replacing all the equipment to reflect the latest model of McDonald restaurants globally. 

“We will install new equipment for the kitchen and it will be a made-for-you on the spot type of restaurant upon completion of the refurbishment,” said Tautolo.

“We never cook the meat unless it’s ordered, that is how the new system will work. And this will eliminate waste of food and also the customer will have a hot, fresh burger,” he said. 

That is not all. 

McDonald’s will soon open a second restaurant at the Faleolo International Airport. 

“We have got a piece of land there and we will have a free stand type of restaurant where the public can place an order through the window. 

“And this is due to space constraints inside the airport. 

“We cannot open a big one, nonetheless that restaurant will be open 24-7,” explained Tuatolo. 

“The target of the new branches once it opens will offer options for customers on that side of the island as well as those in Savai’i,” said Tautolo. 

They are also looking at having a further restaurants in Salelologa and Vaitele. 

“These are the future plans of McDonald’s restaurant,” he said. 

Regarding the renovations, which Tautolo said they will take up to seven months to complete.  

Tautolo bought the Apia McDonald’s Restaurant from Joe Keil and he’s also the owner of two McDonald’s in American Samoa. 

This week, Tautolo donated $100,000 to the SAMoa Events Inc., to assist with expenses for the upcoming pageant where there are nine contestants vying for the Miss Samoa 2017 crown.

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