McDonald's Franchise

Hamburgers, chicken, salads

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 businesspeople.

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 $989,352-$2,217,045. 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

Year U.S.A. Canada International Corporate
2013 12605 1143 14222 6595
2012 12605 1152 14125 6598
2011 12546 1125 13407 6439
2010 12477 1097 12764 6399
2009 12221 1070 12510 6357
2008 12136 1046 12283 6502
2007 11674 927 10498 8078
2006 11608 890 10056 8269
2005 11632 903 9878 8096
2004 11629 860 9694 8038
2003 11533 843 9740 8065
2002 11276 832 9850 8262
2001 11051 812 9455 6918
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

Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives

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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