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Three years ago


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was "this ridiculously poorly run company that traded at $12;" today it is a $39 stock that pays a $1 dividend, Jim Cramer said on his

"RealMoney" radio show Wednesday.

The lesson here is: Although sometime people might feel like leaving the game, they can make money by "keeping their eyes open," he said.

Three years ago, the fast food company had "dirty" restaurants, "a clouded future" and food that was not so good, Cramer said. But now, McDonald's brings us great salads, cleaner restaurants and better menus.

"The management turned the company around," he said. "Rather remarkable, but it can be done ... even with increased competition from places like


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Burger King



The next turnaround could be


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, which Cramer owns for his charitable trust,

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"You need to keep your eyes on all of these, because when they turn, they never look back," Cramer said.

Cramer said he believes people should not leave


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yet, and

Whole Foods


is also not done going up.


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should be "your next play," he added, and when


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comes out with its next same-store sales, people are going to be "shocked."

It's not too late to get in Starbucks," Cramer said.

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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Sears.

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