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McDonald’s Is Actually Closing 700 Locations This Year

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The company will release ‘initial details’ about its turnaround plan in May

Hopefully, the company’s turnaround plan includes all-day breakfast across the board.

Days after McDonald’s announced that it would be closing 350 underperforming restaurants in the United States, Japan, and China, it was revealed that that number did not include an additional 350 other locations that are also targeted for closure this year, according to The Associated Press.

In the first financial quarter, the chain saw a 2.6 percent drop in domestic sales, while sales for Asia, the Middle East, and Africa saw an even more drastic drop of 8.3 percent.

The company was particularly affected in China, where an expired meat scandal affected public perceptions of the company, and in Japan, where customers found foreign objects in their food at three different locations.

The company, which has endured losses in customer traffic and sales all over the world, is reportedly planning to unveil a turnaround plan on May 4.

McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook acknowledged in a statement that the company needed “to better address today’s consumer needs, expectations, and the competitive marketplace.”

Competitors like Chipotle and Taco Bell, meanwhile, saw consistent growth in the same period.

Coronavirus pandemic prompts McDonald's to temporarily close 50 restaurants

In an interview Friday with CNBC, McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said the Chicago-based quick service chain has had to temporarily close 50 of its nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said most of the closed stores were shuttered because they were part of a building or facility that was also impacted by the outbreak. For example, a McDonald’s at Navy Pier in Chicago closed because the Windy City tourist destination will be closed through April 2 .

“We're truly in extraordinary times right now,” the CEO said in his first televised interview with CNBC.

NRN previously reported that quick-service chains are better equipped to survive the pandemic as a majority of QSR revenue comes through the drive-thru. Kempczinski said that is the case for McDonald’s, adding that its global $5 billion delivery business is seeing a spike as restaurants across the U.S. move to off-premise operations.

“We are better set up than most to continue to operate in what is certainly a very trying time,” he said.

Since Sunday, thousands of restaurants across the U.S. have shut down dine-in operations as government officials urge consumers to use delivery, carryout and drive-thrus.

For McDonald's, investments in delivery, which launched through Uber Eats in 2017, are paying off. The brand has since expanded delivery by adding DoorDash and Grubhub.

Kempczinski said delivery is growing at about 20% and “through this crisis, we're seeing our delivery sales become even more pronounced."

In China, where 95% of the company’s restaurants are open, Kempczinski said delivery growth has sustanined post-crisis, which could be the trajectory for the U.S.

But first and foremost, the CEO said people need to work together to stop the virus through actions such as social distancing and working from home.

Once the U.S. can flatten the curve, he said businesses will see “not a V shaped recovery” but a “a gradual recovery.”

Earlier this week, McDonald's Corp. said it is "working with franchisees around the world in order to evaluate operational feasibility and support financial liquidity" including rent deferrals.

During the interview, Kempczinski expanded on that saying the company is working with franchisees and lenders to restructure loan payments and getting payment extensions from suppliers. It’s also offering rent deferrals, which typically are a percentage of sales. Other franchisors are also offering operators financial relief.

“We're all really chipping in and it's incredibly important for us to keep our franchisees viable and open through all of this so they can serve the community,” he said.

At the same time, franchisees are going above and beyond to help the communities they serve.

On Friday, McDonald's said some franchisees are providing free lunches to children dependent on free school lunch programs where school is closed. The company said other operators are providing free meals to healthcare workers and offering up their parking lots for blood drives.

"We will continue to support all our communities as we have done throughout our history, and we remain as dedicated as ever to empowering our system to be good neighbors," t he company said in a statement released Friday .

McDonald’s, the third largest U.S. restaurant chain by units, has nearly 700 company-operated stores. The rest, more than 13,150 restaurants, are owned by franchisees.

Update: This story has been updated to include a COVID-19 update from McDonald's Corp.

Let’s take a quick look at what’s in a McDonalds hamburger as outlined in their nutritional information. It shows a fairly harmless ingredient list:

  • 100% beef patty
  • regular bun
  • pasteurized processed American cheese
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • pickle slices
  • onions

Despite what many Americans think, I don’t see hamburgers as the typical “junk food” villain. Don’t get me wrong, eating healthy is VERY important.

Under the right circumstances I am totally game for a real hamburger. And by “real” I mean that the beef is grass-fed, the cheese isn’t processed, the bun is sourdough or sprouted, and the condiments are not full of nasty stuff. Under the right circumstances, a burger can be a pretty good meal!

Of course, “the right circumstances” means a burger that is made of all-natural, real ingredients. And it might not surprise you to learn that the McDonald’s hamburger isn’t quite so real. In fact, you have to scroll down their 30-page nutritional information guide to get the whole scary truth.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

McDonald's Is Running Out of Beef Because the Travis Scott Meal Is So Popular

If you’ve used the internet or turned on a TV in the past week or two, you may be aware that McDonald’s is serving up a “Travis Scott Meal,” turning the Houston-bred musician (who refuses to brand himself as a hip-hop artist) into the first celebrity since Michael Jordan to have their name attached to a menu item served by the iconic fast food chain.

There’s nothing really that unique about the Travis Scott Meal, beyond the addition of bacon to a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and a preference for dipping fries into bbq sauce instead of ketchup. Still, the mere clout associated with the #1-selling, Fortnite-rapping �tus Jack” was enough for it to sell like crazy. So crazy, in fact, that its popularity is causing issues in the McDonald’s supply chain.

Aided by memes inspiring youths to order the meal using some of Scott’s catchphrases, in-song ad lbs, and even rapping the lyrics to “Sicko Mode,” sales of the Travis Scott Meal are causing real logistical headaches at the golden arches. According to a McDonald’s memo cited by Restaurant Business Online, the company has acknowledged that supplies of key ingredients have run low or even run out at certain locations where the meal is selling particularly well.

“Some restaurants have had so many fans stop by, they’re temporarily running short of some key ingredients,” the memo reads. “We’re working diligently with our suppliers and distributors to redirect supply to those restaurants, but some may deplete supply of several key ingredients, including Quarter Pounder beef, bacon, slivered onions or shredded lettuce.”

Things are even at the point where franchises are receiving Scott-branded signs meant to let customers know that they might not find what they’re looking for: “Sould out! Straight up [a Scott catchphrase]. Due to popular demand we are temporarily out of Quarter Pounder burgers,” they read according to RBO.

Going forward, the McDonald’s memo suggests the Travis Scott Meal will become a digital-only offer, at least from September 22 through October 4. This’ll let Scott’s more tech-savvy fans continue ordering while hopefully mitigating some of the demand that’s causing beef and bacon bottlenecks.

Of course, it’s hard to feel bad for McDonald’s given how much money they’ve made off a new menu item that required no R&D on their part whatsoever. Hopefully whenever they come out with the Drake or Lebron or Megan Thee Stallion meal, they’ll have all the beef they need.

Walmart has been quietly closing stores — here's the full list

Walmart is closing or has already closed at least 22 stores across 14 US states and Canada.

The stores include Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Market stores in Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Stores in Hanover, Massachusetts, and Norristown, Pennsylvania, are expected to close at the end of October. Stores in Cypress, Texas, and Norwalk, California, are expected to close November 1. Many of the remaining stores closed between April and July.

Walmart representatives confirmed the closings to various local media outlets and in Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filings.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets are about one-fifth the size of a Walmart Supercenter, and they are typically found in areas that are more urban than locations for Supercenters. These stores focus primarily on selling groceries.

Walmart said earlier this year that it planned to open fewer than 10 new stores over the next year. The company did not provide guidance on closings at the time.

Walmart has more than 4,700 stores in the US, with 3,570 Supercenters and nearly 700 Neighborhood Markets.

McDonald’s Closing More Stores Than It’s Opening For First Time In At Least 40 Years

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McDonald’s Closing More Stores Than It’s Opening For First Time In At Least 40 Years

For the past several months McDonald’s and its new CEO Steve Easterbrook have attempted to initiate a turnaround for the slumping Golden Arches including earmarking nearly 700 stores for closure. As a result of those measures the company’s footprint is expected to shrink for the first time in nearly four decades.

That is according to a new analysis from the Associated Press that looked at McDonald’s regulatory flings and found that the fast food giant’s plan to close more stores than it opens this year makes 2015 the first non-growth year for the company since at least 1970.

McDonald’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission only started reporting store numbers in 1970. The AP theorizes that the company hadn’t actually slowed its growth since the mid-1950s.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s declined to provide a year for which the company last shrank and couldn’t comment on the specific number of stores closing this year — or whether it was more than the 700 announced previously.

However, the company says the reduction is “minimal” when compared to the 14,300 McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. The closing stores will be a mix of franchise and company-owned locations.

The closures are part of a strategic review intended to set the stage for future growth, the spokesperson says.

The AP reports that the shrinking footprint of the company is in stark contrast to the rapid expansion it has become known for.

Industry analysts say that the once unstoppable growth of the chain likely led to a “natural overconfidence,” despite new chains like Chipotle gaining customer love.

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This Legendary Brand Is Closing Its Last Remaining Stores

Two stores were still standing and now, they'll also be gone for good.

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There are few brands as iconic to generations of American kids as Toys R Us. Who doesn't remember Geoffrey the Giraffe, the hours spent browsing the aisles for your future birthday present, or the catchy jingle proudly stating, "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid"? It was tragic news in 2018 when the toys and games superstore shuttered its more than 700 branches nationwide. But the good news was Tru Kids Inc. purchased the famous toy store and salvaged a couple of locations. Now, those stores are being shut down, too. Read on to find out more about the fate of the last Toys R Us stores standing and for another recent closure from your childhood that hurts, check out This Beloved Chain Is Closing All of Its Stores.

When True Kids Inc. purchased Toys R Us a few years ago, CEO Richard Barry announced plans for two new Toys R Us stores that would have a smaller footprint than the megastores of old and be more "experiential" rather than just places to buy products, with features like a huge treehouse in the middle of the store and event spaces for movie screenings. "Kids and families are looking for things to do on the weekends or when school's out. We know parents and families really value play and the value of toys overall," Barry said at the time. There was also talk of a pop-up touring play space called Toys R Us Adventure that could temporarily appear in select malls for a limited period.

However, the widespread shutdown of retail spaces caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has dashed these plans. As a business largely based in shopping malls—which have been hit particularly hard in this last year—Toys R Us was particularly vulnerable. "As a result of COVID-19, we made the strategic decision to pivot our store strategy to new locations and platforms that have better traffic," a Tru Kids spokesperson told CNN Business, confirming the two stores in New Jersey and Texas are closing for good. Toys R Us remains online, and more than 700 stores outside of the U.S. are still open.

While the physical stores may be a thing of the past, the spokesperson assured CNN that demand for Toys R Us "remains strong."

Read on to see other much-loved brands and retailers forced to shut down, and for one store you should avoid shopping at, check out This Store Has the Worst Customer Service in America.


After operating in the United States for almost 50 years, legendary chocolatier Godiva announced in late January that it would be closing all of its stores across the country. Nearly 130 locations will be shutting down by the end of March, while Godiva will keep trading online, and through third party retailers. And for more stores that haven't survived COVID, check out This Popular Clothing Chain Just Filed For Bankruptcy.


CNBC reported recently that during a meeting on Jan. 21, American Eagle Outfitters Chief Financial Officer Mike Mathias told investors the company planned to close 200 to 250 American Eagle locations. There are currently 880 stores nationwide, with the closures due to be phased over the next three years. And for another sad tale of a beloved brand, check out This Popular Pizza Chain Just Filed for Bankruptcy.

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Illinois-based company Stock + Field, which operates stores throughout the Midwest, announced in early January that it would be closing all of its physical stores after 55 years in business. "We hope to reopen stores at some point in the future," said CEO and chairman Matthew F. Whebbe. "But for now, please come in, say hello to your favorite employee, and enjoy the ridiculously low prices." And for more regular retail updates sent right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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With its mission statement of "Love where you live," Loves Furniture took over many of the locations left vacant when Art Van Furniture went bankrupt in March 2020. From a total of 34 stores in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Loves Furniture is now expected to scale down to just one location in Michigan after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 6. CEO Mack Peters blamed trading conditions caused by COVID-19, along with the infrastructure and logistics issues Loves inherited, which had left stores and customers without their orders. And for more on the latest retail news, check out This Iconic Department Store Is Filing for Bankruptcy.

The 20 Biggest Stores That Closed for Good In 2020

It was a difficult year for everyone, and it&rsquos no secret that many retailers &mdash and, sadly, their employees &mdash took a huge financial hit in 2020. The ease of online shopping (and movement away from shopping malls) has affected brick-and-mortar stores for at least a decade, and the pandemic and shutdowns caused even more major stores to shutter.

While some companies downsized and closed only the worst-performing stores, others closed all stores forever. A few companies decided to reimagine themselves solely as online retailers, though not all have managed to achieve that goal just yet. Unfortunately, no matter what 2021 year brings, retail analysts say that the closure trend will likely continue as people stay home, malls continue to disappear and consumers stick to online shopping to fulfill their retail needs. In the meantime, here are some of the beloved retailers who have been forced to shut their doors forever.

Founded in 1935 in Pittsburgh by David Shakarian, GNC grew through the decades as more Americans began to embrace the idea of good nutrition.

After several years of financial pressure, the pandemic crushed its refinancing plans. In June 2020, GNC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, planning to close at least 800 to 1200 stores.

Pier 1 Imports began as a single store in San Mateo, California in 1962. They sold the requisite 60s home decor including bean bag chairs and incense. The company expanded rapidly across the country, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012. But by April 2019, pressured by online sales of home goods retailers, Pier 1 already was in financial trouble and said it would close up to 15 percent of its almost 1000 stores.

In February 2020, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It continued to close its remaining stores, transitioning to an online presence only by year's end.

Founded in 1977, the company became the largest lingerie retailer in the U.S. for decades. The iconic fashion shows and "Angels" attracted a generation of devoted shoppers.

Perhaps more at home time meant fewer women wanted lacy underthings and push up bras? Sales declined by 37 percent in the first quarter of 2020. By May, the company announced it would close approximately 250 stores out of its more than 1000 in the U.S., and it said it expected to close more through 2021 and 2022.

Owned by the same parent corporation as Victoria's Secret, Bed Bath & Beyond already had been battling the shift in consumer spending from brick-and-mortar stores to online shopping. Even their famous coupons couldn't help.

The company's sales plummeted 49 percent in the first quarter, though online sales increase by 82 percent. Still, it wasn't enough to save the approximately 1,000 stores in the chain, and, in July 2020, the company announced that about 200 stores would close over the next two years.

The company dates back to 1908, when the Stein family opened its first retail store in Greenville, Mississippi. The first Stein Mart opened in 1964, featuring mill closeouts and irregulars at big discounts. The company grew rapidly into the 1990s.

Stein Mart already was struggling against much larger off-price competitors such as TJ Maxx. By August 2020, they announced they would be closing all 279 stores across 30 states permanently.

Founded by James Cash Penney in 1902 in Kemmerer, Wyoming, this venerable old company has seen plenty of internal struggles with multiple CEOs in the past decade. Once a popular middle-class destination for families, especially in the 80s, the chain had lost money in eight of the last nine years, totaling $4.5 billion.

By May 2020, the chain announced it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closing about 200 of its 850 stores permanently. By year's end, the company had emerged from bankruptcy as a private company.

The world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry, Signet Jewelry, is the parent company of Kay Jewelers, Zales and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry. The company operates more than 3,000 stores nationwide. But it had already reduced its number of stores in the last few years and continued to pull out of malls.

Plans to continue closing underperforming stores were accelerated during the pandemic. About 150 stores across the company's various brands were not re-opened after the mid-March closures, and at least 150 more stores were slated to close by February 2021. But a little good news: Signet focused on building its online shopping, which helped them increase online sales during the holidays by 60 percent.

Men's Wearhouse, part of the Tailored Brands, Inc. group, has been in business for 45 years, helping guys pick suits for interviews or tuxes for formal events.

You're not the only one who's spent plenty of time in your athleisure this year. The company already was facing a more relaxed dress code in most business environments. But the work-from-home pandemic put additional financial pressure on the parent company, which also owns men's retailer Jos. A. Banks, which was founded in 1905. By August, Tailored Brands files bankruptcy and announced plans to close up to 500 of its almost 1500 retail stores permanently.

The video game retailer GameStop has a strong following, but sales have slumped as more gamers prefer digital downloads, not trips to the store. It alsos was affected because many shoppers held off on purchases because a new generation of gaming consoles was scheduled to be introduced in late 2020.

The company has closed almost 800 stores since the beginning of 2019. But the pandemic pushed closure of another 100 stores. In good news, the company experienced strong sales over the holidays and its stock skyrocketed in January 2021. But it's too early to tell the outcome.

This popular off-price retailer was founded in 1974 by Lloyd Ross, who came up with the idea of selling left-over inventory from the big brands. He hosted a huge garage sale in a Dallas warehouse on a Tuesday morning, and the ideas was born. The store grew to 700 locations by 2020.

With the shutdown, Tuesday Morning was hit particularly hard--mainly because they have no e-commerce business. The company filed for bankruptcy in May 2020, closing approximately 230 stores.

Founded in 1969, Gap and its other brand, Banana Republic, already had been shifting toward moving stores out of malls.

In October 2020, Gap announced it would be closing about 220 stores by 2023 and decreasing its existing presence in malls. Its sister company, Banana Republic, said it would close around 130 stores. But it wasn't all bad news for the company: Its other brands, Old Navy and Athleta, announced plans for opening more stores.

Founded in 1983 as a boutique selling folk art on Sanibel Island, Florida, the company specialized in bright, bold colors and styles. It grew to 600 stores across the country.

Chico's already had started scaling back traditional retail operations in 2019, announcing the closure of 250 stores out of 1,400 during the next three years. In light of the financial strains during 2020, the company said any other underperforming stores would be re-evaluated as well.

Lord & Taylor, founded in the 1820s in New York City, has long been associated with style and quality. The iconic chain became a favorite among middle-class women in the 1950s, who loved their affordable, fashionable dresses.

The 21st century wasn't kind to the company, and it suffered several changes in ownership as well as a partnership with WalMart, which many analysts said was, in a word, nuts. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2020 and planned to reopen some of its stores, then said it would close the remaining 38 stores. Supposedly, they will announce an online-only shopping experience soon, but the website wasn't yet online in early 2021.

Once an icon of American retailing, Sears had a long, slow decline over the past decade. During its heyday, the company had 3,900 stores.

The company filed bankruptcy in 2018, closed hundreds of stores and tried to re-invent itself. But 2020 brought even more woes as the stores were forced to close during the shutdown. Some reopened but further closures of an undisclosed number were announced.

Kmart was founded in 1897 and originally called Kresge's, changing its name to Kmart in 1977. There were more than 2,000 stores nationwide at one point. But troubles began as far back as the 90s when 200 stores were closed in 1995.

Declining sales pushed the company into bankruptcy in 2002, the largest retailer ever to do so. Kmart acquired Sears in 2005, which didn't help things. Another company acquired both Sears and Kmart in 2019, but it also wasn't able to turn things around. New closures were announced to begin in December 2020. Only about 30 Kmarts remain.

Here Are the Measures That Fast-Food and Fast-Casual Chains Are Taking Right Now

Dining out is no longer possible in many parts of the U.S., with a growing number of cities and states mandating that bars and restaurants end dine-in service in an effort to enforce social distancing and slow the transmission of COVID-19 across the country. Amid these regulations and a huge loss in patronage, restaurants, bars, and even fast-food and fast-casual chains are pivoting to takeout and delivery.

While it’s always a good idea to consider supporting a favorite local restaurant — now, more than ever, they really need it — sometimes a chain is all that’s feasible. Here’s a running list of which major fast-food and fast-casual chains are open as usual, and which are adjusting operations in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic:

McDonald’s: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru. All play areas are also closed. The company is also implementing daily temperature checks for employees. These changes don’t all necessarily apply to franchisees, although McDonald’s said it’s encouraging franchisees to do the same. McDonald’s also announced that all of its U.K. restaurants would close due to COVID-19 concerns.

Wendy’s: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to delivery and drive-thru, with carryout available in limited locations.

Burger King: No major closures announced yet.

Arby’s: All company-owned locations and the majority of franchisee locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, and drive-thru options subject to local mandates.

Carl’s Jr.: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru.

Cava: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout and pickup.

Checkers and Rally’s: The few locations nationwide that have dining rooms are closing, with carryout, pickup, delivery, and drive-thru still available.

Chick-fil-A: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms. Some stores will offer drive-thru-only, while others are shifting to carryout, pickup, or delivery.

Chipotle: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, and delivery.

Church’s Chicken: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru the company said it has “urged franchisees to do the same.”

Dairy Queen: The company said it’s encouraging franchisees to close their dining rooms and shift to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru.

Del Taco: Most locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru.

Domino’s: No major closures announced yet.

Dunkin’: All locations nationwide are reducing their hours, closing their dining rooms, and shifting to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru.

Firehouse Subs: All locations in the U.S. and Canada are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, delivery, and drive-thru.

Five Guys: Store operations and hours — including dining room closures and pickup/delivery-only options — are varying on a case-by-case basis and in accordance to local mandates.

In-N-Out: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to drive-thru or curbside pickup, when possible. Restaurants without drive-thru are closing.

Jack in the Box: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to pickup, delivery, and drive-thru.

Jimmy John’s: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms, with carryout, pickup, and drive-thru options subject to local mandates.

KFC: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, delivery, and drive-thru.

Little Caesars: The company said it has advised all its locations to close their dining rooms and shift to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru.

Mod Pizza: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, and delivery.

Noodles & Company: All locations nationwide are reducing their hours, closing their dining rooms, and shifting to carryout, pickup, and delivery.

Panda Express: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, delivery, and drive-thru. The company is also implementing temperature checks for employees.

Panera Bread: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, delivery, and drive-thru.

Papa John’s: No major closures announced yet.

Pizza Hut: Dining rooms will close in states where it’s mandated, and those locations will offer carryout and delivery. On March 25, Yum Brands — which owns Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell — announced that 7,000 restaurants around the globe would be temporarily closing, including 1,000 Pizza Hut Express stores in the U.S.

Popeyes: No major closures announced yet.

Qdoba: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, and delivery.

Quiznos: No major closures announced yet.

Raising Cane’s: Most locations nationwide are serving via drive-thru, with some still allowing dine-in or carryout in accordance with local mandates. Some locations in malls or university food courts are closed. The company said that franchisees are “following suit where legally allowed.”

Shake Shack: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, pickup, and delivery.

Smashburger: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout and delivery.

Sonic: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms, with carryout, pickup, and drive-thru options subject to local mandates.

Starbucks: All company-owned locations in the U.S. and Canada are closing their dining rooms and shifting to primarily delivery and drive-thru where available, with exceptions “serving in or around hospitals and healthcare centers” in order to serve first responders and health care workers. Company-owned stores in high-social gathering locations (e.g., malls, universities, etc.) and areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases are closed.

Subway: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout and delivery.

Sweetgreen: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to pickup (only via the mobile app) and delivery.

Taco Bell: All company-owned locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to carryout, delivery, and drive-thru. Franchisees are “determining dining room closures based on local mandates and community needs,” said parent company Yum Brands.

Whataburger: All locations nationwide are closing their dining rooms and shifting to pickup and drive-thru.

The McDonald's Monopoly Game Was Rigged For Years. McMillions Exposes the Crime Ring That Made it Happen.

The new docuseries tackles the $24 million fraud behind years of McDonald's prizes.

Anyone who watched TV in the 1990s remembers McDonald&rsquos Monopoly game and its promise of lavish rewards, including luxury cars and a million dollar grand prize. But what&rsquos less well-known is the fact that between 1995 and 2000, almost none of the big-name prizes were won honestly. It&rsquos a story that&rsquos flown more or less under the radar for nearly two decades, but with the help of a brand-new docuseries (and an upcoming film from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) the McDonald's Monopoly game fraud is about to get some of the attention denied it all those years ago.

HBO&rsquos six-part docuseries McMillions, which debuts Monday night, tells the true story behind the long-running heist. The game worked by aping the Monopoly board game, with players collecting tokens at McDonald's locations as well as in newspapers and magazines. Minor prizes, offering lucky winners a free side of fries or the like, were relatively easy to come by. But the tokens for major prizes were about as rare as winning lottery tickets. After receiving a tip off in 2000, Jacksonville&rsquos FBI office realized that instead of the random group of winners that the game should have produced, the major prizes were often going to people connected by family and friend networks. With the help of Mafia associates, it seemed that someone working close to the game&rsquos production&mdasha man ominously known as Uncle Jerry&mdashhad been stealing and distributing winning pieces.

The criminal trial that sprang out of this $24 million crime was, like many other stories (remember Gary Condit?), understandably overshadowed by the September 11th terrorist attacks. It wasn&rsquot until 2012 that McMillions co-director James Lee Hernandez first heard of the story, despite the fact that he was well-versed in the Monopoly promotion. &ldquoI loved that game as a kid, like most kids who grew up in the 90s,&rdquo says Hernandez, who worked under the golden arches in his first job after turning 16. Still, he only learned of the little-covered crime via a trivia post on Reddit. (The story later gained wider attention in 2018, after it was the subject of a longform article for The Daily Beast by Jeff Maysh.)

&ldquoI was laying in bed going through Reddit before I fall asleep, just killing time till I dozed off,&rdquo Hernandez says. &ldquoAnd I stumbled upon an article or a tagline that was a TIL: &lsquoToday I learned nobody really won the McDonald's Monopoly game.&rsquo&rdquo

But save for a local Jacksonville newspaper article, he couldn&rsquot find much reporting about the case online. So the writer, producer, and director put in a Freedom of Information Act request to learn more about the case, and reached out to the prosecutors and FBI agents involved. &ldquoWhen I talked to the agents, they all said, &lsquoThis is one of our favorite cases we ever worked, and no one's ever contacted us about it,&rsquo&rdquo Hernandez says. &ldquoSo at that point I knew I had something.&rdquo

Hernandez also reached out to writer and filmmaker Brian Lazarte, and the two would go onto co-direct McMillions. Initially, Lazarte had some understandable doubts. The Monopoly game fraud is a long-solved case, with little opportunity to pull in armchair sleuths as Serial and The Jinx did. There&rsquos no celebrity at the heart of this story, as there was in OJ: Made in America or The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. It&rsquos not based on a crime that dominated newspaper headlines, like Amanda Knox or The Disappearance of Madeline McCann. And it&rsquos not a bloody, shocking crime likely to hook and horrify viewers, like Don&rsquot F*ck With Cats. The McDonald's Monopoly fraud featured people stealing from a multi-billion dollar brand money that the company already intended to give away. Making the story gripping&mdashand demonstrating how the years-long heist wasn&rsquot the victimless crimes it seemed&mdashcould be a challenge.

&ldquoThe first thought that I had was, &lsquoObviously, this is a great idea, but how are the characters?&rsquo&rdquo Lazarte says. &ldquo&lsquoAre the people telling the story worth putting on film, putting in a documentary? Would this be a feature documentary?&rsquo&rdquo

But the very first episode makes it clear that the story was full of big personalities. There&rsquos FBI agent Doug Matthews, who worked the case early in his career and fills the series&rsquo early episodes with quotes far more colorful than those generally dropped by cop commentators on true crime series. His pre-McDonald's healthcare fraud beat &ldquobored [him] to death,&rdquo Matthews says in the film, and admitting that he was drawn to the Monopoly case because he thought that it&rsquos &ldquogot to be more fun than this shit that I&rsquom looking at.&rdquo Eager to take the case&rsquos &ldquofun meter&rdquo even higher, he devised an opportunity to do some undercover work, posing as a filmmaker in order to interview former &ldquowinners&rdquo on camera. (In assembling his phony crew, Matthews decided to be the director&mdash&rdquobecause they don&rsquot do shit.&rdquo)

Then there&rsquos Robin Colombo, who married into the infamous Colombo crime family and who offers frank commentary on both the inner workings of the McDonald's scheme and life as mafia bride. (Her husband, Jerry Colombo, re-christened the strip club he owned the Church of the Fuzzy Bunny&rsquos and added Bible readings in order to subvert anti-nudity laws.)

&ldquoThere's a great deal of levity and humor that our characters put out there,&rdquo Lazarte says, &ldquoAnd we really wanted to embrace that.&rdquo

But despite the colorful characters involved in the story, the tone darkens as the series follows the hunt for Uncle Jerry&mdashwho would turn out to be an ex-cop called Jerry Jacobson, who headed security for the marketing firm that ran the Monopoly promotion. In the documentary, one million-dollar &ldquowinner,&rdquo a struggling single mother, shares her story of mortgaging her home to buy a winning chip and grappling to maintain the cascading lies involved in the scheme, all while fearing Uncle Jerry&rsquos watchful eye.

&ldquoA lot of people think, &lsquoOh, these people were stealing from McDonald's. They're a billion dollar corporation. They're not hurting anybody,&rsquo&rdquo Lazarte says. &ldquoBut we really wanted and hoped that especially by the end of the series that people realize that, that one small act and one small choice, could actually have pretty significant consequences that even affect many people today.&rdquo

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