The iconic McDonald’s restaurants in New York and California are being bought by fast-food chains in a trend that is already sparking controversy.
The fast-casual chains have begun using machines at some of their most popular locations in a bid to get more people to get to and from the stores.
Some say they have saved on labor costs and lowered food costs.
The machines at McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell were designed to provide a variety of food choices.
Some of the chains have already made money selling food from their locations using vending machines.
McDonald’s in the United States is paying $2.4 million for about 300 vending machines in California.
“Vending machines are not a viable option for McDonalds,” McDonald’s spokeswoman Ann-Marie Boudreau said in an email.
She said the McDonald’s deal with Taco Bell is for “a handful of machines that can be used at the most popular restaurants in the region.”
A spokeswoman for Burger King said the deal was a good one and that McDonald’s would continue to use its existing vending machines at the restaurants.
Vending machine company, McDonald’s said its goal is to provide fast- food customers with a variety in its restaurants and that it plans to have vending machines around the country by the end of this year.
We are a small business, so we’re going to do whatever it takes to maximize our profits, said Jennifer M. Dolan, a spokeswoman for McDonald’s.
Dolan said the company is looking at how to use vending machines to lower the cost of food and help it retain customers.
In a statement, the company said it was “grateful to McDonald’s for their partnership.”
The fast food chain said it expects to have a more extensive presence in vending machines by the time it opens up a new restaurant in 2021.
More restaurants could be added to the franchise network in the coming years, McDonald said.