Earlier this week, the fast-food giant announced that—for the first time in more than 40 years—their number of U.S. restaurants is shrinking. Though the burger baron shuts down stores every year, closures have always been offset by new location openings. McDonald's declined to provide a specific figure, but their spokesman said that the reduction would be "minimal" compared with its total 14,300 American locations. Company officials declined to say which locations are expected to close.
We can’t say this news comes as a shock. The struggles of the company have been apparent for the past six months, during which they have scrambled to make changes to their menu—like the addition of the McDonald’s Mini Meals and the custom burger kiosk—to keep up with chains like Chipotle, known for serving higher quality food with healthier ingredients.
Even after the closures, McDonald's will still remain the country's biggest burger chain. So, next time you find yourself at one of its numerous locations, be sure to order one of the healthiest McDonald’s menu items—especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
As of 2016, the burger chain plans to close about 500 restaurants before end of year.