McDonald’, Subway exits Walmart stores, focuses on its convenience channels

As we see that globally McDonald’s is betting big on its convenience channels including; online ordering, drive-thru and curb-side pickups.
  • Nusra Deputy Features Editor
McDonald's

QSR chain McDonald’s and Subway have ended their partnerships with Walmart, as the retail giant has turned its attention to other major players, such as Taco Bell and Domino’s, reported The Wall Street Journal.

As we see that globally McDonald’s is betting big on its convenience channels including; online ordering, drive-thru and curb-side pickups.

The burger chain said in an SEC filing that it expects to close roughly 325 stores in 2021, which will mostly be lower sales volume locations inside Walmart.

At one point, there were about 1,000 McDonald’s units inside Walmart, but after the cut this year, only 150 will remain. There were more than 800 in 2012 and around 500 at the beginning of 2020. The relationship between the multi-billion-dollar companies dates back to 1994, but strategies have diverged since then. Walmart prefers to remodel existing locations instead of opening new ones, which leaves outdated McDonald’s store fronts, shared a person aware to the journal.

Meanwhile, Subway franchisees are also closing Walmart locations due to decreasing traffic and profits. Jim Miller, a Subway operator, told the Journal that more Walmart customers picking up online orders in the parking lot have hurt sales. The franchisee also noted that Walmart added a soft pretzel concept and advertised its own sandwiches nearby his store, which did notable damage. He plans to shut down four of his five Walmart locations across three states.

In response, Walmart is testing Taco Bell locations and growing its Domino’s stores, Linne Fulcher, Walmart’s vice president of customer strategy, told the Journal. Domino’s is interested in Walmart locations because of its focus on smaller markets and investment in carryout. The chain, which now has 30 Walmart locations, had to convince the retail store that its sales wouldn’t cannibalize frozen pizza sales, a source reported to the news outlet.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU