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Bidding McDonalds

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Washguy, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Washguy

    Washguy Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Has anyone ever plowed McDonald's before? I have been asked to give them a bid for plowing. I live in SW Michigan. They are looking for just plowing they want a bid for the season and for the push. I have never plowed for them before. I have been told by others that that they were getting plowed for around $100.00 but i am not sure. They want to be plowed at 2" and kept clean. This was the problem with the last person. It was a mess. I have a 99 F250 with a western 8' v plow and a tailgate spreader. I just need an idea on how to bid this one.
     
  2. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    One McDonalds for me but I and 5 BKs here in Michigan. You need to figure out how long it will take to plow them and bid it that way. Drive throughs are a pain in the ass if the place is still open. One of my BKS had a drive through open till 3 am. That will slow you down. The Mc Donald I plow is small and it still is a 20 min push on a good day with a small snowfall. Add heavy wet snow and you can almost double it if they are still open. Never had a fast food joint want or pay for salt.

    Regards Mike
     
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    What he said, plus...you will be suprised how f'n busy they really are. You almost only have a 1 hour window really early in the morning to clean the place up 100%, at all other times you will be faced with the typical display of public ignorance. Good luck on that one.
     
  4. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    I have a group of guys that sub-contract to me that do concrete work and they used to have like 20 something FF chains locally and they said they are the biggest PITA.
     
  5. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    PITA is an understatement. They never want salt and traffic is horrible. Did a few starting out to get my foot in the door, but you have to be on your toes as there are cars all over the place and the drivers are not usually to friendly. Good luck. But $100 seems like the norm for a fast food joint.
     
  6. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    We do a mcd's/gas station. they take salt. its not that much different than plowing any other retail place during daytime hours, gotta go slow and pay lots of attention too many morons that just forget how to drive when they see a truck with a plow on it. lucky for us drive thru is open 24 hours now, yay! we'll never have the parking lot empty.
     
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I plow 4 McD's

    They are pretty simple really.

    As far as the drive thru, they usually melt themselves with salt from the traffic.

    Mine take salt though.

    These are corporate owned too, I don't know if that makes a difference.
     
  8. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    create - I think it does make a difference vs franchise locations.
     
  9. Washguy

    Washguy Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks guys! I currently do the concrete and other pressure washing for most of them and you are right it is a PITA. There are a lot of morons. I was just curious because they asked me if we could bid them they had problems with the last people. These stores are franchised. I wasn't sure what might be a good or an average price. They are not really big they just have alot of traffic so you will have to go back to do clean up when it slows down. Let me know if you can think of anything else!
     
  10. Washguy

    Washguy Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    You said that you plow 4 of them. Did you have to give them a discount for more than one? Do you salt the rest of the lot? Did you bid them by the season?
     
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    No discount and yes we salt the whole thing.

    Your price sounds about right. We do not do them seasonly, although I would like to.

    If you make more than on trip charge them for like a half trip every time you have to pull in and then the full price at the end for the clean up.

    I'm not sure how it can be done with NO salt but that is there problem I guess.
     
  12. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    My BKs that I did wanted pushed every two inchs, plus a clean up at the end of every event. NO SALT but they paid well.

    Regards Mike
     
  13. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    We stay away from them, too many issues with kids running around... it could be a blizzard out and they still have a crowd and a line of cars trying to get in... once one person slips you'll be on the phone for days answering questions.