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McDonald's to close 200 restaurants in the U.S. this year

Around half of them are inside Walmart stores.
McDonald's Minneapolis

Fast food leviathan McDonald's has announced it intends to fast-track the closure of 200 restaurants in the U.S. this year.

The company's CFO, Kevin Ozan, made the announcement during a second-quarter earnings call Tuesday, saying it is "accelerating some restaurant closures previously planned for future years."

It's unknown where the closing restaurants are located, or if any are in Minnesota, though Ozan noted that around half of them will be "low volume" locations inside Walmart stores.

McDonald's has more than 200 locations in Minnesota, in locations that span the entire state.

There do not appear to be any franchises left however inside Minnesota Walmart stores. 

There used to be a McDonald's in the Walmart on Riverdale Drive in Coon Rapids, but that is now listed as closed. Meanwhile, the McDonald's inside the Baxter, Minnesota, Walmart closed in January.

Restaurant Business Online notes that McDonald's has been moving away from restaurants in malls and other pedestrian shopping areas in favor of those with drive-thru windows.

This has proven particularly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic, with takeout allowed to continue throughout the various shutdowns in Minnesota.

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