In March 2013, nearly 50% of US consumers visited McDonald's

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#1 Posted by Perfect_Blue (29811 posts) -

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A new study attempts to determine the businesses that American consumers visit most often. Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by places that sell food; and that McDonalds was by far the most-visited business in the U.S.

 The study by Placed Insights uses data from more than 70,000 volunteers who have opted-in to sharing their locations with the company. And according to that data, nearly half (49%) of Americans over the age of 14 visited a McDonalds location at some point in March.

In fact, six of the top 10 spots on the study were taken up by food-service chains Subway (#3, with 37.8% of Americans stopping by), Burger King (#4; 24.3%), Starbucks (#5; 23.9%), Wendys (#6, 22.8%), and Taco Bell (#9; 18.2%).

On the retail front, Walmart was far and away the most-visited in the study, with 38.8% of Americans over the age of 14 visiting in March. The nearest non-food company was Walgreens at #7 with 22.7%, while Target barely cracked the top 10 with 14.2%.

Surprisingly, not only did Best Buy get beaten out in visits by both GameStop (#12) and RadioShack (#14), it didnt even make the top 20 list, coming in at #35 of all U.S. businesses, and only the fourteenth most-visited physical retail chain in the country.


http://consumerist.com/2013/05/02/study-nearly-half-of-u-s-consumers-went-to-mcdonalds-in-march/

Have you been to any of these recently?

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#2 Posted by Bucked20 (6651 posts) -

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Been to those within the past week

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#3 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28392 posts) -
Only one I went to in the past month was Walgreens.
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#4 Posted by josephl64 (4424 posts) -

A friend dragged me to Subway, I bought Pandora's Tower at Gamestop, and I filled up my tank with Shell once

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#5 Posted by nunovlopes (2638 posts) -

One thing I've come to notice about Americans, is that they frequent chain restaurants a lot. This contrasts with many European countries were you barely have chain restaurants outside of big shopping malls.

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#6 Posted by dave123321 (35329 posts) -
Went to mcds the other day. Was at walmart not too long ago. Forget why. Walked into subway at some point this year. Got some ice cream at bk . At some oizza
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#7 Posted by Firmaments (83 posts) -

Only reason I ever go to McDonald's is McCafe. They have good coffee for $1.

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#8 Posted by MrPraline (21351 posts) -
Last of those I visited was Subway but it wasn't in the past month. Think I only hit one fast food thing in April, a KFC drive through.
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#9 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
I've been wanting some Walgreen/cvs stocks for obamacare.
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#10 Posted by JML897 (33134 posts) -
Radioshack still exists? Why?
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#11 Posted by dave123321 (35329 posts) -
Oh I also walked into a radio shack this year
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#12 Posted by TonyDanzaFan (2973 posts) -
I haven't eaten McDonalds since before christmas. If I get fast food it's usually a salad from Subway.
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#13 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
Radioshack still exists? Why? JML897
I might go to buy an audio adapter and want it now, and not deal with shpping.
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#14 Posted by Jimn_tonic (913 posts) -

Radioshack still exists? Why? JML897

So you can buy equipment to perv on that chick across the street, duh.

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#15 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -

One thing I've come to notice about Americans, is that they frequent chain restaurants a lot. This contrasts with many European countries were you barely have chain restaurants outside of big shopping malls.

nunovlopes
I'm trying to cut back, no fast food within the last month:)
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#16 Posted by Wolfetan (7522 posts) -
Radioshack still exists? Why? JML897
I got wire there a couple of minutes ago.
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#17 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

I'm guilty as charged. Sometimes if I'm in a hurry I grab the chicken club.

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#18 Posted by thebest31406 (3775 posts) -
loool people still shop at Radio Shack?
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#19 Posted by Jd1680a (5958 posts) -
I havent stepped into a Mcdonalds for over ten years. Starbucks, Wendy's, and Taco Bell is on my list.
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#20 Posted by Serraph105 (31609 posts) -

I've been to McDonalds this month for breakfast, but I'm not sure about last month.

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#21 Posted by Hallenbeck77 (15253 posts) -

Radioshack still exists? Why? JML897
Made the mistake of going there last week. Needed a large micro sd card for my phone, they advertised one there for $65--wasn't about to pay $100 at Best Buy. They had none in stock, so they ordered and mailed one to me. Got it Monday...wrong card, wrong size. Went back there to get a refund, and finally got the right card--on sale at Best Buy for only $50.

Shitty service, higher prices and mediocre selection--Radio Shack can suck the high hard one.

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#22 Posted by WSGRandomPerson (13694 posts) -
Lmao.
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#23 Posted by nunovlopes (2638 posts) -

[QUOTE="nunovlopes"]

One thing I've come to notice about Americans, is that they frequent chain restaurants a lot. This contrasts with many European countries were you barely have chain restaurants outside of big shopping malls.

Wolfetan

I'm trying to cut back, no fast food within the last month:)

Good for you :)

But seriously, on food related topics most Americans I see here mention chain restaurants, even if it's quality places. That's an interesting cultural difference, from what I'm used. On one hand, chain restaurants provide a level of familiarity which is good. If I go to a Starbucks I'll always know what to expect. On the other hand, it takes away the feeling of trying out new places, finding hidden restaurants, etc.

Another interesting thing I noticed is the concept of take-away. I understand this is big in North America, people buy take-away food to eat at home, at work, etc. Over here, this is still very niche, people just don't do it, people mostly go to a restaurant and eat there, or they cook a meal at home. I remember a foreign work colleague that was here once that complained that he couldn't find a single place where you could get a coffee to go, they would always serve it on a glass! I was like "why do you want to take the coffee with you, let's just drink the damn thing here" :lol:

Cultural differences are funny

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#24 Posted by TwistedShade (3139 posts) -

I find it interesting how little people shopped at Bestbuy, I really enjoy going to my local store.

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#25 Posted by Chromium920 (33 posts) -
Not me. Last went in February. :)
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#26 Posted by gamerguru100 (12686 posts) -

I went to Subway today. :)

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#27 Posted by Canuck3000 (40562 posts) -
It's not even the best tasting fast food place. It might be the cheapest though...
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#28 Posted by PonchoTaco (3182 posts) -
Taco Bell and Apple Bee's are the only two places on that list I have been to in the last month.
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#29 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2603 posts) -

Sounds about right. Sure.. other countries have weight issues.. but the U.S... man.. fat people galore.

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#30 Posted by jimkabrhel (15625 posts) -

McDonald's just doesn't taste good anymore. Wendy's and Culver's have far better burgers.

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#31 Posted by Slashless (9525 posts) -

3 Today

5 like a week ago

11 like a week ago

17 two days ago

20 yesterday

>mcdonalds

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#32 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

Man that's crazy. Surprised to see Gametop up there with Target too.

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#33 Posted by Phenogeek (26 posts) -
I hate McDonalds. The breakfasts and the milkshakes are nice, but the burgers and fries etc. are just... gross. Too greasy, too overly fried, too much everything. Plus the servers are always rude idiots.
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#34 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

2, 8, and 16.

I'm a hipster when it comes to food. :P

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#35 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2603 posts) -
I hate McDonalds. The breakfasts and the milkshakes are nice, but the burgers and fries etc. are just... gross. Too greasy, too overly fried, too much everything. Plus the servers are always rude idiots.Phenogeek
Over in Hong Kong they served noodles and grilled chicken for breakfast lol. So I actually went to McDonalds a few times while living there.. but haven't since I got back to the U.S.
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#36 Posted by dkdk999 (6760 posts) -
I always feel like such shit after eating fast food. I don't know how people can tolerate it.
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#37 Posted by AdamPA1006 (6422 posts) -
I hate McDonalds. The breakfasts and the milkshakes are nice, but the burgers and fries etc. are just... gross. Too greasy, too overly fried, too much everything. Plus the servers are always rude idiots.Phenogeek
Anyone who doesnt like McDonalds fries has abnormal taste buds or a mental disability.
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#38 Posted by mattbbpl (14512 posts) -

One thing I've come to notice about Americans, is that they frequent chain restaurants a lot. This contrasts with many European countries were you barely have chain restaurants outside of big shopping malls.

nunovlopes
Yeah, that really annoys me. I'm a big fan of trying new things rather than have the same 5 options to choose from, but I guess people in this country like to be certain of what to expect.
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#39 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2603 posts) -
[QUOTE="Phenogeek"]I hate McDonalds. The breakfasts and the milkshakes are nice, but the burgers and fries etc. are just... gross. Too greasy, too overly fried, too much everything. Plus the servers are always rude idiots.AdamPA1006
Anyone who doesnt like McDonalds fries has abnormal taste buds or a mental disability.

Or has different tastes.
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#40 Posted by AdamPA1006 (6422 posts) -
[QUOTE="AdamPA1006"][QUOTE="Phenogeek"]I hate McDonalds. The breakfasts and the milkshakes are nice, but the burgers and fries etc. are just... gross. Too greasy, too overly fried, too much everything. Plus the servers are always rude idiots.The_Lipscomb
Anyone who doesnt like McDonalds fries has abnormal taste buds or a mental disability.

Or has different tastes.

But your tastes are wrong. Certain foods are inherently better. How do you describe certain foods being more popular than others? Or how everyone likes pizza (plain cheese)
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#41 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2603 posts) -
[QUOTE="AdamPA1006"][QUOTE="The_Lipscomb"][QUOTE="AdamPA1006"] Anyone who doesnt like McDonalds fries has abnormal taste buds or a mental disability.

Or has different tastes.

But your tastes are wrong. Certain foods are inherently better. How do you describe certain foods being more popular than others? Or how everyone likes pizza (plain cheese)

Everyone like pizza? Everyone? Maybe this guy has a healthy lifestyle, and has developed a taste for more clean foods, and he/she finds all that grease disgusting. Yes, I know one person that does not like pizza. Only one though.
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#42 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

recently i have been to starbucks and dunkin donuts.  that is all.

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#43 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

[QUOTE="AdamPA1006"][QUOTE="The_Lipscomb"] Or has different tastes.The_Lipscomb
But your tastes are wrong. Certain foods are inherently better. How do you describe certain foods being more popular than others? Or how everyone likes pizza (plain cheese)

Everyone like pizza? Everyone? Maybe this guy has a healthy lifestyle, and has developed a taste for more clean foods, and he/she finds all that grease disgusting. Yes, I know one person that does not like pizza. Only one though.

Five Guys has way nicer staff and way better food.  Go there if you are going to get fast food.  Otherwise go to your local pub or something and get a big tasty burger, fries, and some beer.

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#44 Posted by kitty (115325 posts) -
I don't like McD's so I didn't visit
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#45 Posted by The_Lipscomb (2603 posts) -

[QUOTE="The_Lipscomb"][QUOTE="AdamPA1006"] But your tastes are wrong. Certain foods are inherently better. How do you describe certain foods being more popular than others? Or how everyone likes pizza (plain cheese) NaveedLife

Everyone like pizza? Everyone? Maybe this guy has a healthy lifestyle, and has developed a taste for more clean foods, and he/she finds all that grease disgusting. Yes, I know one person that does not like pizza. Only one though.

Five Guys has way nicer staff and way better food.  Go there if you are going to get fast food.  Otherwise go to your local pub or something and get a big tasty burger, fries, and some beer.

I have a five guys about five minutes from me. I usually will get a burger there every once in a while. Pretty good for a fast food joint.
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#46 Posted by NeonNinja (17318 posts) -

Put me down for:

Subway, 6-inch Veggie subs for lunch at work.

Target, bought hand soap and Les Miserables I think.

Bank of America, depositing dat cash-money!

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#47 Posted by TheWalkingGhost (6092 posts) -
Lots of people went to McDonalds...So what?
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#48 Posted by nunovlopes (2638 posts) -

[QUOTE="AdamPA1006"][QUOTE="Phenogeek"]I hate McDonalds. The breakfasts and the milkshakes are nice, but the burgers and fries etc. are just... gross. Too greasy, too overly fried, too much everything. Plus the servers are always rude idiots.The_Lipscomb
Anyone who doesnt like McDonalds fries has abnormal taste buds or a mental disability.

Or has different tastes.

Or actually knows what good food tastes like.

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#49 Posted by -Vulpix- (2513 posts) -

Don't even remember the last time I've been to Mcdonald's. I like Taco Bell, Wendy's and Subway better anyways.

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#50 Posted by junglist101 (5517 posts) -

Been to Taco Bell, CVS, and Shell recently.