NORTH WALES, PA. – August 1, 2019 – Senator Maria Collett (D-12) visited a locally owned and operated McDonald’s restaurant located in Montgomery Township yesterday to learn more about day-to-day operations and the people that keep the restaurant running. Senator Collett met with the store’s franchise owner / operator, Doug Caplan and his employees. She got a chance to greet and serve customers at the drive-thru and learned about initiatives like their tuition assistance program called Archways to Opportunity, which offers multiple education programs that give employees an opportunity to grow and learn.
“I was grateful for the opportunity to not only meet with employees and customers but to get behind the counter and see the hard work that goes into a successful quick service restaurant,” said Senator Collett. “Working a drive-thru window requires a lot of speed, accuracy, and multitasking. It is not easy, and I commend the folks who do it.”
The McDonald’s, located right across the street from one of Senator Collett’s district offices, employs about 50 people, approximately 40% of whom are full-time. The staff come from all walks of life, from high school students starting their first job to career employees of 20+ years.
“As a small business owner, I welcome the opportunity to host our community and state leaders like Senator Collett into our restaurant to meet our people and customers, see our day-to-day operations first-hand and to learn more about how we impact the local community we serve,” said Doug Caplan, local McDonald’s owner operator of 20 years; who followed in his father’s footsteps and who owns and operates 8 area McDonald’s restaurants.
Pennsylvania is home to 494 McDonald’s restaurants with over 38,0000 employees and an average wage of approximately $10/hour. The company has committed to not use any of its resources to lobby against an increase to the minimum wage. The Pennsylvania agriculture industry is a major source of product for McDonald’s both inside the commonwealth and beyond.