McDonald's is planning to shutter hundreds of its outlets in Walmart stores by the end of the summer.
Walmart confirmed Friday that the fast-food restaurant chain will have around 150 locations after the closures. That’s down from 500 at the start of the year and from an overall peak of about 1,000.
down from 500 at the start of the year and from an overall peak of about 1,000, The Wall Street Journal reported.
A former McDonald's executive told Dow Jones that stand-alone McDonald's locations with drive-throughs were far more profitable, even before the pandemic.
According to the executive, a third of the sales from Walmart-sited McDonald’s restaurants came from Walmart employees, while many patrons visited them only to load “up on refills and condiments, diluting margins.”
Walmart is now considering other restaurant options “that don't rely solely on store traffic,” others familiar with the situation told Dow Jones.