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McDonald's: A Father's Business Legacy

L-R is Michael Burrell, Kelsey Hamlet, Alexandria Burrell, Jay Leno and Paul Burrell.

Every Father’s Day, many reflect on the countless ways their fathers have impacted their lives. For Alexandria Burrell, it’s a special reminder of her 20 years working side by side as a McDonald’s owner-operator with her father, Paul.

Paul Burrell began his career with McDonald’s in 1973 alongside his father, Jim, with daughter Alexandria joining the family business full time in 2002. The Burrell’s work ethic and commitment to their team allowed them to grow over the years. The family now owns and operates 19 McDonald’s restaurants in the region. Alexandria is the owner-operator of the Morgantown McDonald's on Main Street.

As a third-generation owner-operator, Alexandria started working in her family's restaurants as a crew member. Participating in McDonald's renowned training program, while also working alongside and learning from her father, helped prepare Alexandria to become the owner-operator she is today.

Although Alex worked as a crew member in college, she also attended Belmont University, receiving an accounting degree in addition to her MBA. All of the skills associated with her degrees come into play as a business owner each day.

While she had the opportunity to pursue an accounting career, she knew the importance of contributing to the family legacy.

  “Working alongside my dad, siblings and the rest of our extended family is the reason I chose to be an owner-operator,” said Alexandria Burrell, who owns and operates two other area McDonald’s in addition to the Morgantown location. “As our family continues to work together, my dad’s mission of giving back to the community that built us will remain our main focus.”

  An example of the Burrell Family’s commitment to giving back has been their recent donation free meals to local healthcare workers and first responders to thank those on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  "We're so appreciative of all those who are working in our hospitals and out in the community because the sacrifices and contributions they are making for our city," said Alexandria. "We're fortunate that we are able to keep serving our community and appreciate all the customers that have continued to support us."

  This Father’s Day, Alexandria will spend some quality time with her dad. They might even grill a hamburger or two, but she realizes the most important things he taught her have little to do with the business or serving up a burger and everything to do with giving back to the community and helping those around her.




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