McDonald’s has announced plans to reopen the nation’s largest hamburger chain in Maryland and Delaware in the coming weeks.
The restaurants, located in the U.S. capital and in New York City, are slated to open in the areas of Silver Spring and Bethesda, Md., by the end of next year, McDonald’s said.
The locations are part of a broader expansion of McDonald’s nationwide.
The announcement came hours after the U-shaped hamburger was unveiled by a group of Maryland Gov.
Larry Hogan, Maryland’s Republican attorney general and a supporter of the state’s marijuana legalization initiative, during a press conference at the Uptown Mall in downtown Washington.
“We will always celebrate our American heritage and our diversity, but we also know that our state’s unique culture and history are worth celebrating, too,” Hogan said.
Hogan, who is running for re-election, said he will seek a fourth term in office in 2021.
The announcement is the latest to come out of Maryland in recent weeks, as the state became the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
A recent poll by the Baltimore Sun and Prince George’s County found that 63 percent of Marylanders supported legalizing recreational marijuana, compared with just 38 percent opposed.
In December, Hogan and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh signed an executive order allowing for the opening of more than 3,000 new recreational marijuana shops and bars, opening a second retail market in the state.
McDonald’s is expected to open the two new locations in Maryland by the summer, according to the company’s announcement.
Maryland has been a state that has struggled to attract new businesses, as a lack of legal pot sales has caused a spike in crime and violence.
In 2017, nearly 1,300 people were killed and more than 10,000 injured in the first five months of 2018.
Despite this, Hogan has been one of the most supportive of the recreational marijuana industry, even when the federal government has banned it.