How much land does McDonald’s own?

Something interesting about McDonald’s restaurants is that they own the land where their restaurants are located.

People buying a McDonald’s franchise lease the land from McDonald’s.

This leads many people to wonder.. How much land does McDonald’s own?

According to their franchise website, McDonald’s focuses on buying sites where they can build a restaurant but buys a variety of land sizes in prime locations.

Using the McDonald’s closest to my office as today’s example, the location at 36 Lowe’s Drive in Pittsboro is owned by “McDonald’s Real Estate Co” and is 1.2 acres. As of 2015, there are over 35,000 locations worldwide.

1.2 acres * 35,000 = 42,000 Acres.

Of course, this is just a random number which is not accurate. Many of their locations are in malls & airports, so the number could be way off base.