McD’s said to be paying 40% of franchisees’ beverage overhaul

OAK BROOK Ill. McDonald’s Corp. will pay up to 40 percent of the cost of rolling a new specialty coffee program into U.S. franchised restaurants, or about $40,000 per store, according to Don Armstrong, chairman of McDonald’s National Leadership Council, a franchisee group.

Armstrong said the initiative now has the support of his fellow franchisees.

Some franchisees had objected to the leasehold costs of the beverage initiative, which requires retro

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