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About 25% of McDonald’s stores won't sell McRibs

Many McRib fans are going to be out of luck this year. Only about three quarters of McDonald's U.S. locations are bringing back the McRib cult classic sandwich, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

This year, McDonald's choose to continue letting franchisees decide whether they wanted to bring back the limited time offering sandwich.

A McRib at a McDonald's restaurant.
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A McRib at a McDonald's restaurant.

Introduced in 1982, the boneless barbecue pork sandwich has been one of the rare limited-time offerings in the fast-food industry that returns annually to great fanfare. Despite its popularity, McDonald's has refrained from making it a permanent menu item.

Earlier this week, the fast-food giant took diners behind the scenes to show what really goes into McRib production.

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This comes as McDonald's continues its transparency campaign to help turn around struggling sales domestically. During September, the company saw its comparable-store sales drop accelerated to 4.1 percent in the U.S.

To read the full Bloomberg story, click here.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to show that about three quarters of McDonald's U.S. locations are bringing back the McRib cult classic sandwich.