Apr 09, 2021
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McDonald’s is closing hundreds of restaurants inside of Walmart, as customers increasingly shop online and opt for the drive-thru window.
The big-box retailer confirmed Friday that the fast-food chain will have around 150 locations that remain across its 3,570 SuperCenters. That has gradually fallen over the years from a peak of about 1,000 locations.
The closures were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
For about three decades, the two corporate giants have teamed up and made it possible for Walmart shoppers to order a burger and fries after filling up their shopping cart with groceries and other merchandise. Yet the pandemic has shaken up the way that customers prefer to shop and dine.
Many Walmart shoppers now buy their groceries online and have them dropped in their trunk in the parking lot or delivered to their home, eliminating the need for them to step inside stores. Walmart’s e-commerce sales in the U.S. grew by 79% in the most recent fiscal year ended Jan. 31, compared with the previous year — a reflection of the foot traffic that’s become web traffic.
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