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Talk about a safe bet! McDonald’s restaurants are among the most identifiable brands in the entire world. The McDonald’s Golden Arches logo has become one of the most ubiquitous marketing symbols ever. Happy Meals, McDonald’s French fries, chicken McNuggets, the Big Mac. McDonald’s has led the way in the innovation of fast-food trends one after another. Since 1940, when McDonald’s Corporation first opened as a barbecue restaurant, then a hamburger stand, it has grown into the largest chain of hamburger fast-food restaurants on the planet, serving some 68 million customers every day in 119 countries.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
$989,352 - $2,217,045
Franchise fee
Units in operation


More than 80 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by franchisees. The company lists consistently in the Top 10 Franchises in the world in Entrepreneur Magazine, and Franchise Times Magazine ranks McDonald’s Number 1 among the top 200 franchises.

McDonald’s Franchise Opportunities – History

By now, the McDonald’s story is legend. The first McDonald’s restaurant was an unassuming hamburger stand owned by Richard and Maurice McDonald in California, opened in 1940. But in 1954, a man named Ray Kroc, who had sold the McDonalds his Multimixer milk-shake makers, paid the restaurant a visit, then offered to open several more McDonald’s restaurants. Kroc eventually bought the company from Dick and Mac McDonald and oversaw McDonald’s worldwide growth to more than 30,000 restaurants today with more than $22 billion in annual revenues. McDonald’s is one of the great American success stories.

McDonald’s Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Income

Most McDonald’s owner/operators have entered the corporation by purchasing an existing restaurant. To open a McDonald’s franchise, however, requires a total investment of $1-$2.2 million, with liquid capital available of $750,000. The franchise fee is $45,000.

McDonald’s Business Opportunities: Other Information

Owning a McDonald’s franchise is an easy sell. Once up and running, the company’s international marketing model does the heavy lifting, and provides training support and materials to help its franchisees succeed. The company wants successful restaurants and seeks individuals with significant business experience, who have owned or managed businesses before. A McDonald’s franchise is a golden (arches) opportunity for the serious, energetic, business-focused entrepreneur.


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