Our story starts with one man.
In 1954, he visited a restaurant in San Bernardino, California that had purchased several Multimixers. There he found a small but successful restaurant run by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald, and was stunned by the effectiveness of their operation. They produced a limited menu, concentrating on just a few items burgers, fries and beverages which allowed them to focus on quality and quick service.
They were looking for a new agent and Kroc saw an opportunity. In 1955, he founded McDonalds System, Inc., a predecessor of the McDonalds Corporation, and six years later bought the exclusive rights to the McDonalds name. By 1958, McDonalds had sold its 100 millionth hamburger.