From today's investor conference call:
McDonald's USA President says, "there is no concerted effort to change the
base.” But, he added, the chain does have expectations for performance. “Running
better restaurants is expected,” he said, “and we've outlined an exciting, ambitious
growth plan — one that requires investment. As you put those two together, the
performance expectations and the investments, we’re seeing some owner-operators
who say that now is a good time to exit the system.”
Stated by an accountant who's never run a business and certainly never a restaurant.