Tracy Johnstone wanted to go into academics. Instead she found plenty of teaching opportunities with McDonald’s.
This week’s episode of the Restaurant Business podcast “A Deeper Dive” features the now-former, longtime McDonald’s franchisee, who discusses her more than 30 years in the business.
Johnstone has been an enthusiastic ambassador for McDonald’s restaurants and was fully intent on continuing until a cancer diagnosis led to her decision to sell her restaurants in Florida.
She initially planned to go into academia before she married the son of a McDonald’s operator and ultimately became fully immersed in the system—after surviving the chain’s long approval process. She talks about that and about the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated business of operating restaurants.
Johnstone also talks about how much the business has changed over the years, how it’s gotten better and how it’s become more challenging.
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