McDonald's Is Most Visited Business in America

Nearly half of US consumers visited at least once last month, says study
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
A McDonald's sign welcomes patrons into the restaurant in Wilmington, Del. in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, file)

(Newser) – Just how popular are the golden arches? So popular that nearly half of US consumers visited them last month, according to a new study spotted by the Consumerist. The study, from the new Placed Insights service, sought to determine which businesses Americans visit most. Fast food dominates the list, but McDonald's is in a class of its own, with 49% visiting in March. Here's the top 10:

  1. McDonald's (49%)
  2. Walmart (38.8%)
  3. Subway (37.8%)
  4. Burger King (24.3%)
  5. Starbucks (23.9%)
  6. Wendy's (22.8%)
  7. Walgreens (22.7%)
  8. CVS (18.9%)
  9. Taco Bell (18.2%)
  10. Target (14.2%)
There were some other surprises further down the list as well, like GameStop coming in at No. 12 with 12.8%, or RadioShack (No. 14, 12.1%) trouncing Best Buy (No. 35). And check out Dollar Tree; the unassuming discount store is No. 18, with just more than one in 10 Americans visiting last month. The data comes from Placed's mobile users on an opt-in basis, explains the Kelsey Group, which describes it as "comScore for the offline world." The data came from 70,000 volunteers. (Read more McDonald's stories.)

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