3 mid-Michigan McDonald's get new owner, 1 of 20 women owners statewide

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Trish Hollingsworth has taken over the restaurants at 5111 S. Mackinaw Road in Bay City, 601 Waldo Avenue in Midland and 4885 Garfield Road in Auburn.

Trish Hollingsworth has taken over the restaurants at 5111 S. Mackinaw Road in Bay City, 601 Waldo Avenue in Midland and 4885 Garfield Road in Auburn.

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McDonald's restaurants in Midland, Auburn and Bay City now have a new owner. Trish Hollingsworth has taken over the restaurants at 5111 S. Mackinaw Road in Bay City, 601 Waldo Avenue in Midland and 4885 Garfield Road in Auburn.

Hollingsworth also owns the McDonald’s restaurant in Sebewaing and helps with operations at her father’s four restaurants in the Thumb region and three other locations in Bay City, according to a press release issued by McDonald's on Monday.

"It's very exciting for us. These are three great locations," Hollingsworth said in the release. "The people, the employees, the managers, everybody is amazing. We’re looking forward to getting involved in these communities and getting to know the customers."

Trish Hollingsworth and her family.

Trish Hollingsworth and her family.

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Hollingsworth, who is called "Miss McDonald’s" among the community and her friends, started her journey to becoming a franchisee in the same place as nearly every McDonald’s employee – working in the kitchen and the drive-thru, according to the company in the release.

She spent years training under her father, longtime McDonald’s owner Jim Luth, before eventually entering McDonald’s Next Generation training program that prepares future owners.

According to McDonald's Senior Media Coordinator Spencer Wheelock, the family's organization works like any other family business. Hollingsworth can be found helping out at one of Luth's seven restaurants and he will now be helping out at hers. 

Jim Luth became an owner of a McDonald's restaurant in 1997 but started working with the company's corporate operations in 1973 at the age of 16. 

Trish Hollingsworth and her husband Greg Hollingsworth (middle) and dad Jim Luth (left).

Trish Hollingsworth and her husband Greg Hollingsworth (middle) and dad Jim Luth (left).

Photo provided/Spencer Wheelock

"I preach to my daughters and my crew members to go for it, to get involved, to keep pushing and to follow their dreams," Hollingsworth said in the release. "There are so many possibilities in life and McDonald’s is about so much more than burgers and fries. It’s about achieving goals, being successful and creating a welcoming and supportive environment where people thrive."

In Michigan, roughly 20% of McDonald’s owners are women.

When asked about the gender parity in leadership roles Wheelock wrote: "McDonald’s is committed to offering employment opportunities to all. In the United States, there are more than 600 female McDonald’s franchisees. McDonald’s expects that number to continue to grow."

Wheelock added that last year, McDonald’s corporate made a vow to increase women and minorities in executive ranks

Globally, by the end of 2025, McDonald’s expects to increase the representation of women in leadership roles to 45% and reach gender parity in leadership roles by the end of 2030, according to the company in the release.

"I like to work with the women on my team and I just hope to be that role model for them to show them that anything is possible," Hollingsworth said in the release. "Big things can happen in your career at McDonald’s."