McDonald's
#3 Franchise 500| Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages

About
Founded

1955

Franchising Since

1955 (65 Years)

Corporate Address

110 N. Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607

Leadership

Chris Kempczinski, CEO

Ticker Symbol

MCD

Financial Requirements
Initial Investment

$1,314,500 - $2,306,500

Liquid Cash Requirement

$500,000

Ongoing Fees
Initial Franchise Fee

$45,000 - $45,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee

4%

Ad Royalty Fee

4%+

Financing Options

McDonald's has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: equipment

Support Options
Ongoing Support

Purchasing Co-ops

Newsletter

Meetings/Conventions

Toll-Free Line

Grand Opening

Online Support

Security/Safety Procedures

Field Operations

Site Selection

Proprietary Software

Marketing Support

Co-op Advertising

Ad Templates

National Media

Regional Advertising

Social media

SEO

Website development

Email marketing

Loyalty program/app

On-The-Job Training:

500 hours (average)

Classroom Training:

72 hours

Additional Training:

At local McDonald's restaurant

McDonald's is ranked #3 in the Franchise 500!
Bio
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.
Cost
Initial Investment: Low - $1,314,500 High - $2,306,500
Units
+1.9%+702 UNITS (1 Year) +4.4%+1604 UNITS (3 Years)

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:

Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

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Updated: September 28th, 2020