McDonald’s to Test Small-Format, Beverage-Led CosMc’s Concept with First Location in Metro Chicago

by Hayden Spiess

Bolingbrook, Ill. — McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has announced plans to test CosMc’s, a new smaller format concept featuring a beverage-led menu with new food and drink items.

The first location will open this month in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, where the first McDonald’s franchise location opened in 1955. By the end of 2024, the company plans to open 10 pilot locations for the concept, with target markets set to include the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio metropolitan areas.

CosMc’s will offer digital and drive-thru ordering formats only, with dynamic menu boards, cashless payment devices and pick-up windows. The concept’s menu will be beverage-focused, including specialty lemonades and teas, blended beverages and cold brew coffees. 

Drink offerings — which will include churro- and s’mores-flavored coffees, sour cherry energy drinks and lemonades — will be customizable, to include the addition of boba, energy and Vitamin C shots. 

CosMc’s locations will also feature a small lineup of food items, including new offerings like a spicy queso sandwich and pretzel and hash brown bites, alongside traditional menu standbys like Egg McMuffin sandwiches and McFlurrys. 

The new concept is named after CosMc, a mascot that McDonald’s launched in the late 1980s. 

Chicago-based McDonald’s is one of the leading food-service retailers globally, with over 40,000 locations open across 100 countries. Approximately 95 percent of the company’s portfolio is owned and operated by independent, local business owners. 

The company’s stock price closed at $286.86 per share on Wednesday, Dec. 6, up from $271.77 one year ago.

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