McDonald’s is a fast-food restaurant chain established in 1940 in the United States. Richard and Maurice McDonald first opened a single restaurant in San Bernardino, California, which they later expanded.
In the years that followed, the business changed its name to a hamburger stand and became a franchise. Since its founding in 1955, McDonald’s has become one of the world’s most recognizable companies.
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Fast facts about McDonald’s, the world’s largest hamburger and fries chain.
In 1953, the golden arches emblem first debuted in a Phoenix, Arizona, McDonald’s restaurant. In 1955, Ray Kroc became a franchise agent for McDonald’s, and he went on to buy the company from the McDonald brothers. This location is presently the headquarters of McDonald’s.
The world’s biggest restaurant chain, McDonald’s, was founded in 1940. Over 37,000 McDonald’s restaurants may be found in over 120 countries.
More than 1.7 million employees work for the company, which serves more than 70 million customers. In addition to food sales, franchise fees, and rent, McDonald’s income comes from franchise royalties and fees and rent (McDonald’s owns most of its restaurants’ land and leases it to the franchisee).
McDonald’s has a market value of $122.9 billion as of March 2020. Over $100 billion in system sales and $21.1 billion in consolidated revenues were recorded by McDonald’s for the 2019 fiscal year.
McDonald’s is so well-known for the many reasons its low prices, lightning-fast service, a wide variety of cuisine, and clever advertising. People throughout the world recognize the McDonald’s jingle “ba da ba ba ba, I’m lovin’ it.”
McDonald’s was the first fast-food business to offer breakfast with its well-known Egg McMuffin. However, providing breakfast was one of McDonald’s best ideas because it became lucrative after McDonald’s had lost money five years prior.
In response to rising consumer demand, McDonald’s began offering its breakfast menu 24 hours a day in 2015. When McDonald’s began serving breakfast all day, sales increased by 5% in the first few years of the policy change.
The McDonald’s menu in many countries is different from the menu in other countries. Burgers on rice patties, bratwursts, McSpaghetti, and tempura shrimp burgers are just a few options available to McDonald’s diners across the world.
Even beer is served in some McDonald’s establishments throughout Europe.
More than 39,000 McDonald’s restaurants have been opened throughout the globe; however, many nations still lack even a single one. This exclusion might be due to a variety of factors.
As a result, McDonald’s cannot operate in certain nations because they lack adequate supply chain and infrastructure. Some nations’ populations are either too poor or politically unstable to justify the necessary operating expenditures.
Some nations have a national cuisine that is quite different from McDonald’s, and they see the chain’s food as lacking in nutritional value.
It’s possible that some nations aren’t interested in having a large, worldwide firm competing with their local favorites or importing Westernized consumer culture into their country.
Nevertheless, the number of nations without a McDonald’s restaurant decreases annually. In 2021, Brunei and Tunisia were both removed from this list (and added to the list of countries with McDonald’s) and those without McDonald’s.
List of countries where McDonald’s does not exist:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- The central African Republic
- Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
- East Timor
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Gambia
- Ivory Coast
- Marshall Islands
- Myanmar (Burma)
- North Korea
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Sudan
- Vatican City/Holy See
Where McDonald’s formerly existed but no longer does.
Before the financial crisis of 2009, Iceland had 3 or 4 McDonald’s outlets. Importing the necessary food items for the restaurants allegedly doubled in price due to the country’s currency collapse, necessitating the closure of all sites.
McDonald’s may have had difficulty opening a restaurant in the country because of the locals’ devotion to the country’s burger brand, the resplendently titled Hambórgarabllan. In 2018, McDonald’s was contemplating a comeback to Iceland. However, the company’s European branch denied the allegation as a rumor.
Seven McDonald’s restaurants were open in Macedonia until the franchisees’ licenses were canceled by the chain’s European headquarters in 2013.
Foreign restaurant franchises were forbidden in Bermuda in 1977, but a single McDonald’s was permitted to establish on a U.S. military post in 1985 against the island’s ban. During the 1995 closure of the base, the government used existing law to ensure that the restaurant was also forced to shut down.
McDonald’s first launched in Jamaica in 1995, but it closed in 2005 since it couldn’t compete with the locals. For less than a year after opening, Barbados’ only McDonald’s had to shut down because it couldn’t get its poultry and seafood-loving population enthused about hamburgers.
The structure has been converted into a financial services center. From 1999 until 2019, the lone McDonald’s in San Marino operated. However, it was forced out by competition from other surrounding restaurants.
McDonald’s had a few outlets in Bolivia for more than a decade until the South American nation rejected the “super-fast, but not necessarily super-healthy” menu and pulled out of the country.
Many people believe the brand is contemplating a comeback, and one corporate McDonald’s website even linked to a dead Facebook page for a McDonald’s in Bolivia. In late 2021, the allegations had not been proven genuine, and contrary sources said the government had formally prohibited the franchise.
McDonald’s began testing the Montenegrin market by installing a “mobile restaurant” in Podgorica. Some stories claim that the government was persuaded (perhaps bribed) to ban the chain’s entry into the nation by local rivals.
The official Public Relations Bureau of Montenegro replied to the claims by publishing an official press statement claiming that “No corporation, not even McDonald’s, is “forbidden” to conduct business in Montenegro,” which was an uncommon move. As of 2021, there will be no McDonald’s in Montenegro.
The Middle East is home to some of the most bizarre non-situations.
McDonald’s The menu and logo of a restaurant called “Mash Donalds” in Iran (a country without an official McDonald’s) are formed like an M. Two McDonald’s clones have appeared in Iraq since 1979: MaDonal (whose owner is said to have sought for a McDonald’s license and was turned down), as well as Matbax.
McDonald’s is illegal in certain countries. Even while most nations without McDonald’s have no strong sentiments about the issue, a few countries have gone to abolish the restaurant business outright. Local cuisine or public health are common motivations for this practice.
- McDonald’s is prohibited in the following countries:
- North Korea
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