OPINIONFinancing

Some McDonald’s franchisees have an unusual buyer: The company

The Bottom Line: The burger giant, which had been refranchising in recent years, is buying out franchisees as it prepares to recruit new operators into the system for the first time in many years.

This Premium Content is only available to rb+ Subscribers

Continue reading with one of the options below

or Subscribe

Restaurant Business Exclusive Content

Workforce

Restaurants have a hot opportunity to improve their reputation as employers

Reality Check: New mandates for protecting workers from dangerous on-the-job heat are about to be dropped on restaurants and other employers. The industry could greatly help its labor plight by acting first.

Financing

Some McDonald's customers are doubling up on the discounts

The Bottom Line: In some markets, customers can get the fast-food chain's $5 value meal for $4. The situation illustrates a key rule in the restaurant business: Customers are savvy and will find loopholes.

Financing

Ignore the Red Lobster problem. Sale-leasebacks are not all that bad

The decade-old sale-leaseback at the seafood chain has raised questions about the practice. But experts say it remains a legitimate financing option for operators when done correctly.