Mac and Dick McDonald had taken great care in setting up their kitchen. The following month brought another first--McDonald's first job cuts--as the company said it would eliminate 525 employees from its headquarters staff, a cut of about 23 percent. Believing that the McDonald formula was a ticket to success, Kroc suggested that they franchise their restaurants throughout the country. Today, more than 275,000 franchisees, managers, and employers have graduated from the program. Dick and Mac thought Fox was nuts, too—for wanting to use their name on the stand he intended to build, and not his own. Again, Ray Kroc was looking for a partnership, and he managed to create the most integrated, efficient and innovative supply system in the food service industry. Serving a limited menu that consisted of only burgers, fries and beverages, it allowed them to focus on quality and quick service.
The company then took legal action to stop recognition for the union unless they could get a majority in the 8 stores run by the franchisee. Such attention to detail was one reason for the company's extraordinary success. The company had cooked its fries in beef tallow until 1990, when it began claiming in ads that it used 100 percent vegetable oil. In 1940 both brothers came to a conclusion that most of their profit comes from selling hamburger so they made their menu very simple by selling only Hamberger,cheeseburger,soft drinks French fries and apple pie. The biggest seller in France after the Big Mac is a mustard-topped burger called Le Royal Deluxe. Corner lots were usually in greater demand because gas stations and shops competed for them, but Kroc preferred lots in the middle of blocks to accommodate his U-shaped parking lots. There he found a small but successful restaurant run by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald, and was stunned by the effectiveness of their operation.
Hamburger seekers, it seemed, were indeed willing to trade choice for speed and price. McDonald's: Ronald McDonald Ronald McDonald, the mascot of McDonald's. The brothers considered the alliance and ultimately refused; they were happy with the status quo and disinclined to have their enterprise and their personal lives enveloped by a large bureaucracy. The newspaper backed down and published an apology. Twelve years after this first house opened, 100 similar Ronald McDonald Houses were in operation across the United States. Passages in the 'Behind The Arches' book written with McDonald's backing and assistance state that the donation came around the very time that McDonald's franchisees were lobbying to prevent an increase in the minimum wage, and to get legislation dubbed 'The McDonald's Bill' passed to be able to pay a sub- minimum wage to some young workers. They had a staff of 20 attractive waitresses at a drive-in restaurant and 25 items menu that included barbecue ribs, beef, and pork sandwiches.
Everyone has a story to tell and like all humble beginnings, ours began in 1917. The first was adapting the McDonald's building design to a northern climate. We own one of the world's most recognized and respected brands. One day, among the steady stream of curious looky-loos on E Street was a compact, well-dressed, hard-up 52-year-old salesman from Chicago, on the hunt for a lucky break. Quinlan became president of McDonald's Corporation and Fred Turner became chairman.
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Columnist and author Thomas Friedman has asserted that nations with McDonald's locations do not go to war with each other the so-called Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention although that thesis notably collapsed in the case of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. It was the first to introduce the Golden Arch design. Kroc's first McDonald's restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, near Chicago, on April 15, 1955--the same year that Kroc incorporated his company as McDonald's Corporation. The evidence was completed in July, and the closing speeches in December, but the Judge reserved his Judgment until the following year. A basement had to be installed to house a furnace, and adequate ventilation was difficult, as exhaust fans sucked out warm air in the winter, and cool air in the summer.
In response to changing consumer tastes, the company has expanded. The eclectic 25-item menu included everything from tamales and chili to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to ham and beaked beans. During the 1980s McDonald's further diversified its menu to suit changing consumer tastes. The extra work hardly seemed worth the potential payoff. In Israel, for example, the first kosher McDonald's opened in a Jerusalem suburb in 1995. The 750-seat Mission theater was situated just down the block from City Hall, on the tree-lined thoroughfare of Foothill Boulevard. Kroc chafed at the requirement that he receive a registered letter from the McDonalds to make any changes to the retail concept—something the brothers were reluctant to do.