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[$$] McDonald’s Franchisees Plan Push for Stronger Sales

Some 400 McDonald’s Corp. franchisees gathered for a rare meeting Wednesday to discuss their concerns about the burger giant’s plans for improving weak sales. The U.S. restaurant operators met at the office of a large franchisee in Tampa, Fla., in a session that became so crowded two tents had to be set up outside, according to one of several attendees interviewed. The attendees, who represent about one-quarter of U.S. franchisees, agreed to proceed with steps to form an independent operators’ association.