Today in NC State History: Big Macs come to campus

April 1, 2014
By Bill Krueger

historyIconThere was a bit of a problem with spelling, but then maybe the writer was just hungry.

On this day in 1974, the Technician had a front-page story announcing that “Roy Kroc” (His first name was actually Ray), was bringing his famous McDonald’s hamburgers to NC State. (In the story, it was spelled “MacDonald’s.”)

60_Big-MacThe story said that a McDonald’s franchise was scheduled to open in the Student Center in the fall. The hamburger chain, with its Big Macs and Quarter Pounders, would replaced a snack bar and deli that were on the first floor of the student center.

The deal called for University Food Services to get 15 percent of the revenue and Kroc pledged to hire students when possible.


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