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McDonald's Franchisees Worried About the Future

In addition to falling sales, McDonald’s (MCD) has an even bigger problem on its hands.

Franchise owners are losing confidence in the brand amid concerns over the food the chain serves. This important constituency has become increasingly pessimistic about the future, more so than at any other time over the past dozen years, according to a new survey conducted by Janney Capital analyst Mark Kalinowski and first reported on by CNNMoney.

While the sales drop and the food quality were key issues, the surveyed franchisees also expressed deep concerns with the company’s management and its ability to both improve and simplify the menu.

“We may be doomed,” one anonymous respondent said in the survey, which polled 29 domestic McDonald’s franchisees who own and operate over 200 restaurants.

This is a blow for management, which needs franchise owners to not only support but also pay for any changes it makes.

What the survey says
Essentially, franchise owners see the same problems with the company as financial analysts and the public at large do. The food does not hold up well when compared with chains such as Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill, which have made inroads with consumers by changing the perception of value.

These two fast casual chains have customers thinking about value in terms of not only price but also quality. That makes a $10 meal from the Mexican eatery featuring locally sourced, GMO-free, organic ingredients more palatable to them than a $5 one at McDonald’s.

The franchise owners are also concerned that years of building up the value menu has associated the chain with cheap food rather than “real” food. McDonald’s has made efforts to change that perception in the past year with its attempt to answer customer questions, but those efforts have largely failed.

Can McDonald’s turn it around?
CEO Steve Easterbook, who has been on the job only since January, released his turnaround plan in May. It involves new sandwiches and changes to how customers order. So far, only some minor tweaks have been made, including experimenting with toasting burger buns longer and offering a limited breakfast menu all day.

To make any big changes that involve new equipment, Easterbrook will need franchise-owner support. The franchisees carry any cost for equipment, and there could be a major backlash if the CEO asks them for money without showing that he has righted the ship.

This puts the new leader in a precarious place. He needs a turnaround to win franchisee support, but creating one may require already having it. It is an ugly problem that will not be solved easily, which suggests that the Golden Arches will be stuck in its tailspin for the time being.

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McDonald's Franchisees See Writing On The Wall

McDonald’s Franchisees See Writing On The Wall

For McDonald’s, things are going from bad to worse as the corporate makeover-that-isn’t continues to take shape (or doesn’t). 29 franchise owners took part in an ongoing survey conducted by Mark Kalinowski.  July’s results reveal an outlook even more dour than sentiments captured in April, the former low-water mark for franchisee confidence as rated by Kalinowski’s model. Meanwhile, Chipotle,…

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Citi Trader McDonald's Franchisees Worried About the Future (MCD,CMG,PNRA)

Citi Trader In addition to falling sales, McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has an even bigger problem on its hands.


Franchise owners are losing confidence in the brand amid concerns over the food the chain serves. This important constituency has become increasingly pessimistic about the future, more so than at any other time over the past dozen years, according to a new survey conducted by Janney Capital analyst Mark Kalinowski and first reported on by CNNMoney.


While the sales drop and the food quality were key issues, the surveyed franchisees also expressed deep concerns with the company’s management and its ability to both improve and simplify the menu.


“We may be doomed,” one anonymous respondent said in the survey, which polled 29 home McDonald’s franchisees who own and operate over 200 restaurants.


This is a blow for management, which needs franchise owners to not only support but also pay for any changes Citi Trader makes.


What the survey says Essentially, franchise owners see the alike problems with the company as financial analysts and the public at large do. The food does not hold up well when compared with chains such as Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill, which have made inroads with consumers by changing the perception of value.


These two fast casual chains have customers thinking about value in terms of not only price but also quality. That makes a $10 meal from the Mexican eatery featuring locally sourced, GMO-free, organic ingredients more palatable to them than a $5 one at McDonald’s.


The franchise owners are also concerned that years of building up the value menu has associated the chain with cheap food rather than “real” food. McDonald’s has made efforts to change that perception in the past year with its attempt to answer customer questions, but those efforts have largely failed.


Can McDonald’s turn Citi Trader around? CEO Steve Easterbook, who has been on the job only since January, released his turnaround plan in May. It involves new sandwiches and changes to how customers order. So far, only some minor tweaks have been made, including experimenting with toasting burger buns longer and offering a limited breakfast menu all day.


To make any big changes that involve new equipment, Easterbrook will need franchise-owner support. The franchisees carry any cost for equipment, and there could be a major backlash provided the CEO asks them for money without showing that Citi Trader has righted the ship.


This puts the new leader in a precarious place. He needs a turnaround to win franchisee support, but creating one may require already having it. It is an ugly problem that will not be solved easily, which suggests that the Golden Arches will be stuck in its tailspin for the time being.


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McDonald's Franchisees Full of Doom and Gloom

Things are going from bad to worse at McDonald’s (MCD) , according to its franchisees.

Former Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski surveyed some two dozen McDonald’s franchisees and found their outlook for the company is the lowest it has ever been in the 12-year history he has been tracking their responses. It was even worse than earlier this year after they met with CEO Steve Easterbrook, who outlined his vision for the future. After that meeting, they came away disillusioned and expressed feelings of betrayal by headquarters.

Those may end up feeling like boom times when compared to what they are feeling now.

Comments like “operators sit on a cliff” waiting for the impending doom of McDonald’s pushing them over the edge, or “half of the operators in my region are on the verge of collapse” hardly instills confidence.

McDonald’s says the complaints are not representative of franchisees as a whole. The 25 franchisees the analyst surveyed operate just 200 or so restaurants, and the fast food chain points out it has over 3,100 franchisees, so this means we are hearing the views of less than 1% of the total. Not that the company ignores their input, but the restaurant does not believe it reflects the attitudes of everyone.

Perhaps, but this vocal minority has a point. Same store sales have fallen for six straight quarters, and 2014 marked the first time in McDonald’s history that it reported lower sales from one year to the next.

CEO Easterbrook is throwing a lot of ideas at the wall, and though he has paid lip service to fixing the real problem with the business, that it has gotten away from its core customer who is looking to McDonald’s for a good value meal, his actions say otherwise.

He continues chasing the millennial customer that goes to fast casual “better burger” chains by offering up trendy foods like kale, high-priced sirloin burgers, and most recently,  lobster sandwiches.

That ignores the low to middle-income core customer who is more interested in buying off the Dollar Menu.

The McDonald’s franchisees surveyed may not represent how the majority feel, but if the business continues to deteriorate as it has been, it can only mean the doom and gloom they feel will soon spread to others.

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Bad news for your credit card company. The plastic in your wallet may soon be gone forever. And once it is, it could cost major credit card companies as much as $18 million a day! Good news for you. Because when you’re finally able to say “goodbye” to the cards stuck in your wallet, a little-known tech company responsible for finally putting an end to plastic could hand its investors life-changing profits. A revealing investor alert from The Motley Fool has the full story. Click here to get it now.

Rich Duprey has no position in any stocks mentioned.