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McDonald’s: Number of Restaurants Globally (2005 – 2021)

  • McDonald’s had a total of 40,031 restaurants across 119 countries in 2021
  • Of these 40,031 restaurants 93% were franchised
  • McDonald’s generated $23.22 billion in revenues in the fiscal year 2021

McDonald’s, the fast-food chain, served approximately 70 million customers daily through its 40,031 restaurants worldwide in 2021. McDonald’s runs on a heavily franchised business model, thus nearly 93% of its restaurants were franchised restaurants and the rest are company-operated restaurants. In the year 2020, the company had 39,198 restaurants.

The number of McDonald’s restaurants has grown year over year worldwide. In 2021, nearly 33.6% of the total restaurants, or 13,438 McDonald’s restaurants were in the US. The other key markets for McDonald’s were China, Japan, France, Canada, Germany, and United Kingdom with 4,395, 2,941, 1,517, 1,452, 1,432, and 1,367 restaurants respectively.

McDonald’s restaurants are either franchised or company-operated, the revenues are thus generated from: fees from franchised restaurants (example: rent and royalties based on a percentage of sales) and sales from company-operated restaurants.

McDonald’s generated total revenue of $23.22 billion in 2021, of which nearly $8.71 billion was generated from the restaurants located in the US. The company-operated restaurants made up nearly 42.1% of the total revenues, whereas franchised restaurants accounted for 56.3% of the total revenues in 2021.

In 2021, McDonald’s opened 1,494 restaurants and shut down 661 restaurants globally. The increased number of openings was primarily due to the recovery from the impact of COVID-19 as business returned to the pre-COVID-19 levels.

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