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The self-storage industry has three times the footprint than McDonald’s.

Or:

The self-storage industry has three times the footprint of McDonald’s.

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    The [footprint of the] self-storage industry is three times bigger than McDonald’s. OR The self-storage industry has three times the footprint of McDonald’s. But NOT *The self-storage industry has three times the footprint than McDonald’s. – ScotM Apr 24 '15 at 18:18
  • Three times bigger is four times as big. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 25 '15 at 7:27
  • @BrianHitchcock: I disagree. I've got 3 acres of land. You have one. Mine is three times bigger, right? How is it four times as big? (Or would you say it's 3 times as big and 2 times bigger?) – Tushar Raj May 4 '15 at 18:46
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    Believe what you wish to believe. But don't expect to pass math class. – Brian Hitchcock May 5 '15 at 5:56
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    Also relevant (at least to the discussion in the comments): "X times as many as" or "X times more than"? – Sven Yargs May 5 '15 at 7:54
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The first needs a fix:

The self-storage industry has three times more footprint than McDonald’s.

The other is correct and - as Professor Lawler says - simpler.

  • Three times the footprint of Z is OK, and quite common. Using three times more just raises the question of whether you're talking about 3X or 4X, plus it requires comparative syntax, which is very fussy. – John Lawler Apr 24 '15 at 18:18
  • @JohnLawler Professor Lawler, surely I don't have anything against Three times the footprint of Z, just wanted to fix the other choice for the OP, so he/she would have more choices to choose from :-) – Marius Hancu Apr 24 '15 at 20:13
  • I have something against three times more —exactly what Prof Lawler has against it—it's ambiguous at best, and misleading to anyone who takes it literally. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 25 '15 at 7:30
  • ... which leaves me wondering just how much of a lady Lionel Richie's woman was! – David Garner Apr 25 '15 at 15:58

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