The company will have 59 fewer U.S. stores by the end of this year, a document reveals.
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McDonald's problems in the U.S. have been well documented. CEO Steve Easterbrook
The chain, which had about 14,350 U.S. locations, as of the end of last year, will close 184 restaurants and open 125 new ones in 2015,
That means the Golden Arches' total U.S. footprint will shrink by 59 locations. This is the first time in more than 45 years that the company's will decrease its domestic store count, according to the
The chain's problems aren't limited to the U.S. Globally, McDonald's will close about 700 underperforming restaurants this year. Corporate employees have been affected: Since December, McDonald's has laid off more than 260 people in its Oak Brook, Illinois offices, according to Crain's Chicago Business.
The company did not immediately respond to an email inquiry about the closings.
McDonald's is in the process of implementing a turnaround plan that includes a corporate restructuring, new menu strategy, and digital innovations including ordering by app and
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