McDonald’s is passing along more fees to franchisees, reigniting tensions


A McDonald’s Happy Meal.

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McDonald’s plans to pass along more fees to franchisees next year, risking the wrath of its U.S. operators.

Starting in January, the fast-food chain will stop paying out a $300 subsidy per month at each restaurant for Happy Meals, according to a memo from U.S. leadership viewed by CNBC. In March, the company will also change how franchisees pay for tech investments to a monthly “pay as you go” model rather than one payment every six months, resulting in an additional charge of $423 per month. And in April, McDonald’s plans to start funding its tuition program jointly with its operators, rather than just using corporate…


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