McDonald’s to speed up Drive-Thru with third window

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McDonald’s Corp. said Thursday it plans to spend about $3 billion next year to open 1,500 to 1,600 new restaurants and remodel about 1,000 others.

As part of that expansion, it will add another window to speed up its drive-thru service.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain, which recently has struggled to meaningfully expand sales at established restaurants after years of outpacing its rivals, last month trimmed its 2013 capital spending outlook by $100 million to $3 billion and delayed some new restaurant openings until next year due to softness in China and some other emerging markets.

McDonald’s says it’s testing a “Fast Forward Drive-Thru,” which will be featured in new and renovated restaurants starting next year.