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Making the world safe for free refills and decent coffee

I’ve written before about how American chains like McDonald’s and Starbucks are slowing colonizing the world—bringing with them great American innovations like free refills and decent coffee. Thanks to the blog Chart Porn, we’ve now got a great visualization of the progress we’re making.

God Bless America and God Bless Chain Restaurants!

McDonald's map

Previous topics mentioned in this post:

McDonald’s: 1, France: 0 [we’re winning]

Chain restaurants in NYC: Saturation point or starting point?

McDonald’s in America [progress]

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