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Ray Kroc, a milkshake mixer salesman, ventured to California in 1954 to visit McDonald's hamburger stand, where he heard they were running eight mixers at once. Kroc was impressed by how rapidly customers were served and, seeing an opportunity to sell many more milkshake machines, encouraged brothers Dick and Mac McDonald to open a chain of their restaurants. Kroc became their business partner and opened the first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955. McDonald's and the Golden Arches have since become an internationally-recognized symbol of quick-service hamburgers, fries, chicken, breakfast items, salads and milkshakes.

McDonald's is ranked #9 on Entrepreneur's 2013 Franchise 500® listing.

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Can McDonald's Speed Up Drive-Thru With Third Window?

Can McDonald's Speed Up Drive-Thru With Third Window?

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McDonald's is reportedly trying out a new solution to their drive-thru problem. The catch: it probably won't speed up your wait.
November 15, 2013 in Franchises
Return of the Deal: Restaurants See More Discount-Driven Traffic

Return of the Deal: Restaurants See More Discount-Driven Traffic

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After declining in 2012, the number of restaurant visits prompted by a deal or discount increased in 2013, reports The NPD Group.
October 31, 2013 in Franchises
What Does the Demise of the Dollar Menu Mean for Franchisees?

What Does the Demise of the Dollar Menu Mean for Franchisees?

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McDonaldÂ’s franchisees have long protested the burger chain's pricing moves. Will the new 'Dollar Menu & More' provide a solution?
October 22, 2013 in Franchises
Photos: The 5 Restaurants That Corporate Workers Expense the Most

The 5 Restaurants That Corporate Workers Expense the Most

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Fast-food chains such as Starbucks, McDonald's and Subway make up the highest percentage of meal expenses on corporate cards.
October 9, 2013 in Franchises
Photos: From Starbucks to Domino's: 6 Tasty Companies With Awesome Mobile Apps

From Starbucks to Domino's: 6 Tasty Companies With Awesome Mobile Apps

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If you're a big brand looking to get bigger, having a cool mobile app is one way to get customers talking. Here are six chains that are doing it right.
October 3, 2013 in Franchises
McDonald's to Scrap Soda From 'Happy Meal' Ads, Offer Healthy Sides in Value Meals

McDonald's to Scrap Soda From 'Happy Meal' Ads, Offer Healthy Sides in Value Meals

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McDonald's announced yesterday that it will advertise healthier options for Happy Meals and offer salad, fruits and vegetables as alternatives to fries.
September 27, 2013 in Franchises
5 Reasons the Fast-Food Worker Protests Are Off Base

5 Reasons the Fast-Food Worker Protests Are Off Base

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No one wants families to suffer, or go hungry or not receive fair pay for the quality of their skill. But that's not what these protests are about, writes Ray Hennessey.
August 29, 2013 in Franchises
Do Angry McDonald's Franchisees Have a Leg to Stand On?

Do Angry McDonald's Franchisees Have a Leg to Stand On?

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If you're thinking of becoming the owner of any franchise someday, there's an important lesson contained in what's currently going on with this fast-food giant.
August 23, 2013 in Franchises
Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Strike to Raise Wages

Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Strike to Raise Wages

Restaurant workers in seven cities around the U.S. strike for the right to unionize and $15 an hour wages.
July 30, 2013 in Human Resources
YouTube Creates Paid Subscription Service for Brands

YouTube Creates Paid Subscription Service for Brands

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Read about YouTube's paid channels, Facebook's international growth, LinkedIn's new 'Channels' and more social-media news.
May 10, 2013 in Social Media
Subway's Tweets Top List

Subway's Tweets Top List

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A recent survey finds that the sandwich franchise beats out McDonald's, Starbuck and others when it comes to social media. We asked why.
July 17, 2012 in Franchises
Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well

Advice for Franchisors: Treat Franchisees Well

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Ever hear of the Filet-O-Fish sandwich? Or the Blizzard frozen treat? Both were invented by franchisees -- not the parent company.
June 19, 2012 in Franchises
McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back

McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back

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The hamburger chain admits that its new Twitter campaign, designed to promote the farmers who supply its meat, didn't go exactly as planned.
January 25, 2012 in Franchises
Photos: The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

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These franchises made their way to the top by giving customers what they want: tasty food, quick service, quality care and non-pointy soap.
December 14, 2011 in Franchise 500
Will Dunkin' Go the Way of Burger King or McDonald's?

Will Dunkin' Go the Way of Burger King or McDonald's?

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Our franchise columnist looks how a change in the ownership structure can impact franchisees
July 29, 2011 in Franchise Zone
How to Find Hot Franchises in a Cold Market

How to Find Hot Franchises in a Cold Market

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What buyers look for when shopping for a franchise if a famous brand name doesn't top their list.
April 29, 2011 in Franchising Your Business
What You Can Learn from Super Bowl Ads

What You Can Learn from Super Bowl Ads

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Marketing tips from popular commercials, past and present.
February 1, 2011 in Advertising

The Top 10 Franchises

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Welcome a new No. 1 and the return of an American institution.
December 12, 2010 in Franchises
Photos: The Top 10 Franchises

The Top 10 Franchises

A look at the systems that have earned their bragging rights.
December 11, 2010 in Franchises
Photos: 30 Years of the Franchise 500

30 Years of the Franchise 500

From McDonald's to Subway, see how franchises have changed with the times.
August 19, 2009 in Franchise 500
Photos: 2010 Franchise 500 Top 10

2010 Franchise 500 Top 10

Everything From Footlongs to Fill-ups
August 19, 2009 in Franchise 500
Photos: 2009 Franchise 500 Top 10

2009 Franchise 500 Top 10

Read up on this year's franchise power players.
October 19, 2008 in Franchise 500
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