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Initial fee: $45,000
Royalty fee:  
Total investment: $1,068,850 - $1,892,400
Term of agreement:   20 years, renewable
Branch:  Food: Quick Service Restaurant

Did you know that McDonald's' iconic golden arches are recognized by more people than the cross? McDonald’s is the most gigantic fast-food restaurant chain on the globe. It operates in 119 countries and, as of now, has nearly 35,000 locations worldwide.


More than 68 million people per day are served nine million pounds of the world-famous McDonald’s French fries. This is as much as Great Britain’s population. Speaking of Great Britain, even the queen owns a McDonald’s restaurant. A few years ago, she bought a retail park in Slough, which had a McDrive restaurant. This makes Her Majesty a landlady of McDonald’s.


The number of McDonald’s new franchises has been growing for the last few years. The company is planning aggressive international expansion. In Canada, there are more than 14,000 McDonald’s stores; in China, McDonald’s wants to double its presence /in 2012 only, 250 new restaurants opened/.


McDonald’s first started franchising in 1955. Now, more than 80% off all stores are owned and operated by franchisees. The standardized procedures in the fast-food business, the extended trainings and the thorough guidance that McDonald’s provides make the operating of a fast-food restaurant as easy as it seems. More than 88% of all franchisees own more than one McDonald’s unit.


As a franchisee, you are required to pay some additional fees. The service fee is a monthly percentage fee and is calculated on the sales performance. Since McDonald’s is the one to choose restaurant locations and usually owns the place, you cannot use a facility of your own. This means that you have to pay monthly rent to the company. The rate is could be a percentage of the monthly sales or a fixed amount.        


With nearly 35,000 locations in more than 119 countries, there is no surprise McDonald’s golden arches are recognized by more people than the cross. The fast-food giant serves 68 million people daily. It is constantly expanding globally. It is seeking entrepreneurs with experience open to the McDonald’s experience.

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