Caspers Company: A History

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McDonald's Founded
1955

Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's, opens his first location in Des Plains, Illinois

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First McDonald's Opens in Tampa
1958

Fritz Casper opens store #86, the first McDonald's in Tampa.

100 million hamburgers are sold nationwide.

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Hamburger University Launches
1961

Ray Kroc launches a training program, later called Hamburger University

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Presidential Visit
1963

President John F. Kennedy visits S. Dale Mabry location.

Ronald McDonald's first national TV appearance.

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Ronald McDonald Goes National
1963

The original Ronald McDonald, played by famed tv weatherman Willard Scott appeared in three separate television spots in 1963. These were the first three television ads featuring the character.

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Filet O' Fish Introduced Nationwide
1965

The Filet-O-Fish sandwich was the first item added to the national menu, created by Lou Groen, McDonald's Cincinnati franchisee.

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Big Mac Introduced Nationwide
1968

The Big Mac, developed by Owner/Operator Jim Delligatti of Pittsburgh, is added to the national menu.

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Quarter Pounder Introduced Nationwide
1973

The Quarter Pounder and the Quarter Pounder with Cheese are added to the menu.

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Shamrock Shake Introduced Nationwide
1970

In 1974, sales from the shake helped to build the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.

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Ronald McDonald House Opens
1974

The first Ronald McDonald House opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1973, Fred Hill, a football player with the Philadelphia Eagles, had the need for such a facility at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, where his child was being treated for leukemia. Hill’s dilemma led to the first Ronald McDonald House.

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Egg McMuffin Introduced Nationwide
1975

The Egg McMuffin, created by Owner/Operator Herb Peterson of Santa Barbara, California is added to the national menu.

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Caspers' First Drive-Thru
1977

Caspers Company installs their first drive-thru at the Brandon Boulevard location.

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Happy Meals Introduced Nationwide
1979
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First Ronald McDonald House in Florida
1980

First Ronald McDonald House opens in the state of Florida in St. Petersburg.

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Chicken McNuggets Introduced Nationwide
1983

Chicken McNuggets are introduced into all domestic U.S. restaurants.

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McDonald's Opens Internationally
1990

McDonald's opens in Russia, China, and Chile with 4 hour wait times.

80 billion burgers served & McDonald's in 53 countries/territories.

1998
Caspers Next Generation
1996

Blake Casper, Allison Adams, and Robby Adams join Caspers Company.

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Fresh Look
1999

Original South Dale Mabry location is rebuilt.

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Breakfast All-Day
2015

McDonald's USA launched all-day breakfast.

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Caspers Company Expands
2018

Caspers purchases 10 locations in Jacksonville, Florida.

Big Mac turns 50 years old.

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