About us

The Richards Advantage McDonald’s franchise proudly owns and operates 16 McDonald’s locations in the Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Durham and on Duke University’s campus in the Bryan Student Center. In addition to serving great food, we proudly support the Triangle area through various community efforts. One of our goals is to be sure that every visit you make to any of our McDonald’s locations is as fast and friendly as you could hope for with the quality you’ve come to expect.

Ric Richards: Owner/Operator


After 15 years as a nurse anesthetist, franchise owner Ric Richards realized his passion for the restaurant business and began his career as a McDonald’s owner/operator with one store in Woodland Park, Colorado in June of 1988. His ambition as a McDonald’s operator grew quickly and in 1992 he moved his family to Danville, Illinois to become the owner of 3 McDonald’s restaurants. After 7 years in Illinois, the family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where they currently own 16 restaurants in the Cary, Raleigh and Durham area including the first Gold LEED certified McDonald’s in North Carolina, which opened in July of 2009. The company’s second LEED certified McDonald’s location on Walnut Street opened in November of 2013.

In addition to his work as a McDonald’s franchise owner, Ric provides leadership in the Raleigh Region through active involvement in the co-op, and serving on the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham and the Duke Children’s Hospital National Advisors Board.

Our Brand

We believe in respect for every employee and their personal accomplishments. By combining this individual respect together with respect for McDonald’s Standards and Operating Systems, we achieve a formula for Profitability that supports us all.