Initial Investment

LOW: $1,003,000
HIGH: $2,228,000

Change in Units

+2.3% +842 UNITS (1 Year)
+4.5% +1632 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1955 (61 Years)

Corporate Address

2915 Jorie Blvd. Oak Brook, IL 60523


Steve Easterbrook

Ticker Symbol

About McDonald's

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.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$1,003,000 - $2,228,000

Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Financing Options

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

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 2

Lowest Rank: 16

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training at headquarters: 1 week

Additional Training: At local McDonald's restaurant

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Slicks
Regional Media
National Media

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