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McDonald’s Asks Franchisees To Celebrate Christmas By Staying Open On Dec. 25
Consumerist ^

Posted on 12/17/2012 4:31:01 PM PST by SMGFan

In an attempt to continue bouncing back from an almost unheard-of dip in sales during October, the folks at McDonald’s have asked franchisees to not close down during the holidays this year.

According to Ad Age, which obtained some leaked internal memos from Golden Arches HQ, the push to stay open regardless of what the calendar says began almost immediately after the company announced a 2.2% decline in sales for October.

“Starting with Thanksgiving, ensure your restaurants are open throughout the holidays,” reads a memo sent on Nov. 8 by McDonald’s USA Chief Operating Officer to franchisees. “Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day. Last year, [company-operated] restaurants that opened on Christmas averaged $5,500 in sales.”

A follow-up memo from Dec. 12 claimed that company-owned restaurants (around 10% of stores in the U.S.) each took in “more than $6,000″ by staying open on Thanksgiving. While no one knows how much the franchised restaurants earned during Thanksgiving, Ad Age sources claim that the push convinced an additional 6,000 restaurants to remain open this year. The Thanksgiving openings were partly responsible for the 2.5% sales bump experienced during November.

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I believe Chinese food restaurant do well on Christmas Day.
1 posted on 12/17/2012 4:31:05 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

But will they get to close on Ramadan?


2 posted on 12/17/2012 4:33:40 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: SMGFan

I’m grateful to the fast food places that are open on Christmas Day. Our family drives 230 miles every Christmas day, and we appreciate lunch along the way.


3 posted on 12/17/2012 4:34:43 PM PST by married21
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To: SMGFan

4 posted on 12/17/2012 4:38:34 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: SMGFan

McMerry Christmas!


5 posted on 12/17/2012 4:41:03 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: SMGFan

I used to work for a Blockbuster Video store years ago, and they were all open 365 days a year. We had customers who were very appreciative that we were open on Christmas Day (yes numbers went down that day, but people still came in). As someone whose family has traditionally celebrated together on Christmas Eve, working on Christmas Day there wasn’t bad. You got paid time and a half to basically ring up the few customers who did come in, talk with your co-workers, and watch movies with them.


6 posted on 12/17/2012 4:46:56 PM PST by richmwill
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To: SMGFan

I used to work at a Jack n the Box way back in the day. It was always the busiest day of the year. I mean HUGE busy.


7 posted on 12/17/2012 4:49:13 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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The military families love to have McDonald's open on Christmas and Easter. When I was stationed in DC, there were lines out the door on Christmas and Easter. Holidays can be lonely when you are on a duty section.
8 posted on 12/17/2012 4:55:52 PM PST by rebooted
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To: married21

I remember being grateful for McDonalds being open one Christmas when my flight was cancelled and I was stuck spending the night in a Hotel. I always thank the employees and they usually say that they are paid well to work on the holiday.


9 posted on 12/17/2012 5:01:14 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: married21

Like you, we do a long drive on Christmas Day. In our part of the world, we are grateful for Scheetz stations. And we remember to thank the employees effusively.


10 posted on 12/17/2012 5:28:00 PM PST by trimom
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To: SMGFan

Don’t expect any Dec 25th Merry Chick-Fil’A-mas treats. They will survive economically quite nicely while closed for Christmas. Just pack a lunch for a long drive—sheeesh. Mickey D’s can ruin their own christmas if they wish for the eroding dollar worship.


11 posted on 12/17/2012 5:59:38 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: SMGFan

I knew one small businessman who stayed open for Christmas because he said there were a lot of “lonely and fragile” people who craved human contact that day. He went out of his way to be extra friendly, brewing free coffee, having some comfortable chairs and a relaxed mood.

He also sponsored a get-together on the fourth day after Christmas, because he said that last week before New Year’s is the hardest for many people.


12 posted on 12/17/2012 6:04:15 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: SMGFan

We always take out from a Chinese restaurant on Christmas.


13 posted on 12/17/2012 6:06:43 PM PST by windcliff
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Christmas morning, I always fill a coffee mug with a liqueur like Kahlua or Amaretto and drink it straight. Family members just think I'm drinking my coffee black which is fine by me. I don't normally consume alcohol in the morning but it's only once a year. I put on some Christmas music and we open presents and such and I light a fire in the fireplace. There's always somebody in the family that wants to recycle the gift wrap but I make it a point to toss all the gift wrap into the fireplace and up the chimney it goes. I know gift wrap is not good for the chimney but it's only once a year.

Never did have a hankering to go down to the McDonalds on Christmas Day. In fact, I hardly ever want to go to McDonalds. Did anybody see how chicken mcnuggets are made at McDonalds? Makes you sick to your stomach. All that pink goo swirling around in those giant vats - there's about as much chicken in a chicken mcnugget as there is nutrition in a bowl of Frankenberry doused in strawberry milk.

On Christmas Day, it's almost always a turkey or a goose in the oven. Who the hell would want to go to a McDonalds?

14 posted on 12/17/2012 6:11:45 PM PST by SamAdams76
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15 posted on 12/17/2012 6:12:36 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: tflabo
Oh great another capitalist basher. What is it about fiscal conservative that you hate?
16 posted on 12/17/2012 6:43:51 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom) pressured me to do this with my stores since I had locations in Asian neighborhoods. I simply refused.


17 posted on 12/17/2012 7:11:00 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: SMGFan

In 1998, I was stuck in Jackson, Ohio by an ice storm Christmas day, the whole town shut down except for one quick stop store. I had canned ravoli unheated for Christmas dinner.


18 posted on 12/17/2012 10:33:57 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: SMGFan

This is in-your-face anti-social activism on the part of Corporate headquarters.

Anti-social activism is an unhinged, unthinking, reactionary demise for a corporate culture of success. A corporate culture based upon a thinking process or ethical process of immediate gratification will join the ghetto in poverty.

I don’t do fast food so when I don’t show up, they won’t miss me.


19 posted on 12/18/2012 7:37:58 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: windcliff

We always take out from a Chinese restaurant on Christmas.


The traditional Jewish feast for Christmas? LOL : )


20 posted on 12/18/2012 7:40:07 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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