McDonald's Restaurants Franchise

McDonald's Restaurants

Min. Liquid Capital: $500,000

Total Investment: $1,013,000 - $2,185,000

Initial Franchise Fee: $45,000

Training Provided: Yes

Ticker Symbol: MCD


We Have Always Been a Franchising Company

McDonald's has always been a franchising company and has relied on its franchisees, our Owner/Operators, to play a major role in the System's success. McDonald's remains committed to franchising as a predominant way of doing business.
  • We are actively seeking highly qualified business people to join our System as Owner/Operators
  • Owning a McDonald's restaurant is a tremendous opportunity. We are seeking individuals with significant business experience who have successfully owned or managed multiple business units or have led multiple departments and who have significant financial resources.
  • We are a family of over 2400 Owner/Operators passionate about satisfying our customers, growing our business, making money and having fun.

What it takes

"McDonald's doesn't confer success on anyone. It takes guts and staying power to make it with one of our restaurants.

A total committment of personal time and energy is the most important thing. You must be willing to work hard and concentrate exclusively on the challenge of operating that restaurant.

– Ray Kroc, Founder


Owner/Operator Perspective

McDonald's has always been a franchising company and has relied on its Owner/Operators to play a major role in the System's success. McDonald's remains committed to franchising as a predominant way of doing business. Listen as six McDonald's Owner/Operators share their perspective in these areas: Training, McFamily, Customer Satisfaction, Social Responsibility and Support.

World Class Training

McDonald's continues to be recognized as a premier franchising company around the world. We believe a major component of this is the world class training you receive prior to becoming an Owner/Operator. McDonald's provides hands on training and the materials you need to be a success in your restaurant business. View McDonald's Training Map

World Class Service

McDonald's offers World Class Service

Franchising Notable Facts

  • Over 2,400 Owner/Operators in the U.S.
  • Owning over 13,000 restaurants in the U.S.
  • 40% of Owner/Operators are women and minorities.

Purchasing Your Franchise

Most Owner/Operators enter the System by purchasing an existing restaurant, either from McDonald's or from a McDonald's Owner/Operator. A small number of new operators enter the System by purchasing a new restaurant.The financial requirements vary depending on the method of acquisition.

Financial Requirements/Down Payment

An initial down payment is required when you purchase a new restaurant (40% of the total cost) or an existing restaurant (25% of the total cost). The down payment must come from non-borrowed personal resources, which include cash on hand; securities, bonds, and debentures; vested profit sharing (net of taxes); and business or real estate equity, exclusive of your personal residence.Since the total cost varies from restaurant to restaurant, the minimum amount for a down payment will vary. Generally, we require a minimum of $300,000 of non-borrowed personal resources to consider you for a franchise. Individuals with additional funds may be better prepared for additional or multi-restaurant opportunities.

McDonald's & You

"Planning the decor was a very exciting part of opening my restaurant. I was able to use my own ideas to create the type of environment I felt was right for my restaurant. Even the little things matter – for instance, we chose light colors to give the restaurant lots of light. Throughout the process, the regional staff was available to advise me and answer any questions I had.

– Oscar Perretta, Chicago, Illinois


We require that the buyer pay a minimum of 25% cash as a down payment toward the purchase of a restaurant. The remaining balance of the purchase price may be financed for a period of no more than seven years. While McDonald's does not offer financing, McDonald's Owner/Operators enjoy the benefits of our established relationships with many national lending institutions. We believe our Owner/Operators enjoy the lowest lending rates in the industry.

Ongoing Fees

During the term of the franchise, you pay McDonald's the following fees:
  • Service fee: a monthly fee based upon the restaurant's sales performance (currently a service fee of 4.0% of monthly sales).
  • Rent: a monthly base rent or percentage rent that is a percentage of monthly sales.

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