New U.S. Franchise Restaurants

Relatively few first time Owner/Operators obtain a new restaurant. The costs associated with new restaurants are as follows:

Initial Costs

There is an initial $45,000 fee paid to McDonald's.

Equipment and Pre-Opening Costs

Typically these costs range from $963,000 to $2,169,080. The size of the restaurant facility, area of the country, pre-opening expenses, inventory, selection of kitchen equipment, signage, and style of decor and landscaping will affect new restaurant costs. These costs are paid to suppliers.

The new Owner/Operators must pay forty percent (40%) cash of the total costs of a new restaurant, and may finance the remainder from traditional sources. 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.

Franchise Term

A franchise term is 20 years.

Ongoing Fees:

  • Service fee: There is a monthly fee based on the restaurant's gross sales (currently a service fee of 4.0% of monthly sales).

  • Rent: A monthly base rent or rent amount based upon a percentage of monthly sales is established.