fast-food behemoth, has a rich history of investing in other restaurant
chains. In the late 1990’s, as regular
readers of this blog know, McDonald’s
bought Donato’s Pizza, Boston Market, and a stake in fledging
than a decade later, McDonald’s divested from all three chains, which had become
distractions as McDonald’s struggled. At
least that was the company line. According to an article by Yahoo Finance,
McDonald’s sold its stake in Chipotle, which represented approximately 82.2
percent of the voting interest and 0.8 percent of the economic interest in Chipotle
prior to the exchange offer.
It was that same
article that stated that McDonald’s CEO at the time, Steven Easterbrook, said
that Chipotle was a distraction and that the company executive wanted everyone
to put 100 percent io their efforts into the McDonald’s brand, so they sold the
According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru®
at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® as it turned out the distraction was
with McDonalds’s company executives not with any of the company’s operations or
trajectory at the time. McDonald’s success
if in large part because it continues looking ‘a customer ahead’. They understand their own customer and know
what else they want in at their stores and that each of their consumers wants to
‘share in their stomach’.
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In an odd turn of events the once time high
flying grocerant niche concept that was mismanaged was Boston Market. Both Chipotle
and Donato’s Pizza continue to garner customer and drive top line sales and
bottom-line profits with solid leadership. Now let’s
talk about McDonald’s eye for success.
case you have not heard, CosMc's, is a
McDonald's internal concept is a drive-thru-only concept, anchored by its
beverage offerings, saw more than double the number of visits that a typical
McDonald's location saw chainwide in the same month, according to a report from Placer.ai, which uses
location data from mobile devices to estimate visits to specific locations.
McDonald’s understand growing share of stomach according to Johnson.
when CosMc's, which opened on Dec. 7,
2023, generated triple the number of visits per square foot than an
average McDonald's restaurant. The new format has a roughly 2,500-square-foot
footprint vs. 4,000 to 4,500 square feet for the average McDonald's location,
according to RJ Hottovy, head of analytical research at Placer.ai, the CosMc's
location sometimes had to accommodate spillover traffic in a separate parking
lot because the drive-thru lanes were often at full capacity, indicating the
potential for more sales revenue. Let’s look a recent article so you get direct
saw quite a bit of demand. There were so many people in the drive-thru lane
that if they had more capacity, the traffic numbers would have been a lot
higher," he said.
first CosMc's, which opened in Bolingbrook, Ill., is part of a limited test.
McDonald's plans to open approximately 10 CosMc's pilot locations by the end of
2024, including across the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio metro areas.
think this really is a test and learn concept, one to track younger audience
and test menu innovations," Hottovy commented. "If nothing else,
CosMc's is creating a tremendous amount of buzz and attracting new customers.
It's just one location for now so doesn't look like it's cannibalizing
McDonald's at this point but bringing in incremental visitors (the group that
wasn't coming into McDonald's as much)."
CosMc's menu is rooted in beverage exploration, with bold and unexpected flavor
combinations, vibrant colors and functional boosts, according to McDonald's. It
also features a lineup of food that includes a select few McDonald's favorites,
as Convenience Store News previously reported.
offers a seamless digital and drive-thru experience, enabling customers to use
dynamic menuboards and cashless payment devices during the ordering and payment
process, with guided exploration and customization along the way. Drive-thru
pickup windows are assigned once their orders are ready.
format is named after CosMc, a little-known McDonald's character from the 1980s
that the chain described as "part alien, part surfer, part
robot," CNN reported..
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