McDonald's Franchise

Hamburgers, chicken, salads

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 brand is in 122 countries around the world. Thirty thousand locations serve 51 million customers each day. More than 70 percent of McDonald's restaurants around the world are owned and operated by independent local business people.

Most standalone McDonald's restaurants offer both counter and drive-through service, with indoor and sometimes outdoor seating. The Drive-Thru, Auto-Mac, or McDrive as it is known in many countries, often has separate stations for placing, paying for, and picking up orders, though the former two steps are frequently combined. In some countries "McDrive" locations near highways offer no counter service or seating. In contrast, locations in high-density city neighborhoods often omit drive-through service.

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How much does it cost to open a McDonald's Franchise?

The investment required to open a McDonald's Franchise is between $1,314,500-$2,306,500. There is an initial franchise fee of $45,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the McDonald's name.

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When did the first McDonald's open? 1955
When did McDonald's start Franchising? 1955

United States: Nationwide

International: Worldwide

Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No No
Startup Costs No No
Equipment No Yes
Inventory No No
Accounts Receivable No No
Payroll No No


On-The-Job Training: 500 hours
Classroom Training: 72 hours
Additional Training: At local McDonald's restaurant

Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security/Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software

Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social media
Website development
Email marketing
Loyalty program/app

82% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • Industry experience
  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at McDonald's Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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