McDonald's
#1 Franchise 500| Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages
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About
Founded

1955

Franchising Since

1955 (64 Years)

Corporate Address

110 N. Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607

CEO

Steve Easterbrook

Ticker Symbol

MCD

Financial Requirements
Initial Investment

$1,058,000 - $2,230,000

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

Classroom Training:

72 hours

Additional Training:

At local McDonald's restaurant

McDonald's is ranked #1 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 - $1,058,000 High - $2,230,000
Units
+1.1%+395 UNITS (1 Year) +2.4%+881 UNITS (3 Years)

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:

Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Franchise Financing
Using 401(K)/IRA Funds
  • Tax Penalty-Free
  • Debt Free
  • Expert Guidance
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Franchise Articles

What McDonald's Latest Acquisition Means for Marketers

Personalization has long been viewed as the purview of digitally native companies. Now McDonald's will use it to upsell at the counter.

It's Time for McDonald's to Offer a Veggie Burger Nationwide

McDonald's is missing out on a huge opportunity to cater to the growing numbers of vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians who like fast food as much as the next omnivore.

Chick-fil-A Is Now the 3rd-Largest Restaurant Chain in America, and McDonald's and Starbucks Should be Terrified

Chick-fil-A moved up from the No. 7 spot on last year's Top 200 ranking, passing Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway.

Dozens of Workers Have Filed Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Against McDonald's

Roughly 40 percent of women working in the fast-food industry report being sexually harassed at work.

Burger King Takes a Shot at McDonald's Happy Meals With a Dark Ad Showing Bullying, Unpaid Student Loans and Mental Health Struggles

Boxed meals like the Pissed Meal, Salty Meal and DGAF Meal are a clear shot at McDonald's Happy Meal.

Disclaimer

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Updated: August 14th, 2018