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April 23, 2014

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Bargain hunting? Different McDonald’s charge varied prices

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McDonald’s – home of the Big Mac

Did somebody say “comparison shopping”?

McDonald’s has more than 33,500 restaurants worldwide and dozens in Las Vegas. But because about 80 percent of the franchise’s restaurants are privately owned, prices can vary from store to store, even in the same city.

Tourist-area restaurants can charge more due to the crowds, and a Big Mac fan might expect lower costs in outlying areas.

A love of the Egg McMuffin and a dismal economy can prompt the question: How different are McDonald’s prices around Las Vegas?

The answer, like in real estate, seems to rely on location, location, location.

The costs below describe prices for two basic orders at McDonald's. The five select locations represent different geographic areas of the Las Vegas Valley.

For breakfast, the following prices will net you an Egg McMuffin and a small coffee. For lunch, customers can purchase standard-sized Big Mac meals for the prices listed.

Meal costs include tax.

    • Las Vegas Strip • 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South

      This McDonald's across the street from the Monte Carlo boasts glitzy golden arches and prices higher than the four other restaurants sampled.

      Breakfast: $4.31

      Lunch: $7.77

    • South/Southwest Las Vegas • 6480 S. Durango Drive

      This gas station hybrid shares building space with a Terrible’s. The built-in crowd might explain why it took second in terms of highest cost.

      Breakfast: $4.10

      Lunch: $6.69

    • North Las Vegas • 1406 W. Craig Road

      A freestanding restaurant near the West Craig Road/Camino Al Norte intersection, this location falls directly in the middle in terms of pricing.

      Breakfast: $3.99

      Lunch: $6.69

    • Northwest Las Vegas • 7171 W. Ann Road

      This Chevron-McDonald's hybrid location near U.S. 95 keeps its prices low enough to be among the cheapest sampled.

      Breakfast: $3.88

      Lunch: $6.48

    • Henderson • 65 S. Valle Verde Drive

      Tucked away in Green Valley, this location nabs the spot for cheapest McDonald's sampled.

      Breakfast: $3.75

      Lunch: $6.37

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    1. "Tourist-area restaurants can charge more due to the crowds..."

      No kidding.

    2. Gee, capitalism at work and the author is surprised? Don't like McDonald's prices or food? Hey, choose from a zillion other restaurants. The restaurant business is an excellent example of free enterprise working at its best. Me? I like thick & juicy char-broiled burgers best.