Franchising FAQs

When entering through the purchase of an existing restaurant, the price of the restaurant will vary from restaurant to restaurant. The value of the business is negotiated between buyer and seller.  A minimum of $700,000 is typically required for the purchase of a restaurant(s), in combination with 75% bank financing.

Profitability depends on many factors including operating and occupancy costs, financing terms and most important, your ability to operate the business effectively.

McDonald's is seeking individuals who are capable of operating multiple locations. Candidates who have successfully operated multiple businesses may be suited to operating several McDonald's franchises.

The availability of restaurants in specific areas will be discussed during the process. McDonald's cannot predict which restaurants will be available when your training is complete. McDonald's looks for prospective franchisees who are very flexible regarding relocation. People selected as "Registered Applicants" will be those willing to relocate to accept an opportunity and who will devote 100% of their business time and efforts to their McDonald's operation.

McDonald's franchises restaurants to individuals who personally operate their restaurants and are involved in the day-to-day operation of their restaurants. We do not franchise to partnerships or allow investors.

The site selection process is separate from our franchisee selection process. We make the decision to develop a location because we believe it will be a success. McDonald's manages all the site evaluation, acquires the property and constructs the building. After making the decision to develop a site, McDonald's awards the franchise to the most qualified candidate. If you have a piece of property that you are interested in selling, please contact McDonald's Real Estate Department.

If you have a specific question that was not covered on this website, please contact us at franchising@ca.mcd.com.