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Bridgeport firm buys 14 more McDonald’s locations

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The next time you drive by one of those McDonald’s signs that says something about serving so many billion hamburgers, just realize that John Ebert and his staff are making a hefty contribution in reaching that sales total.

Especially after Thursday night, when Ebert bought 14 more locations — six in Morgantown and eight in Charleston — to become one of McDonald’s top 10 franchisees in the country with 37 stores.

“It definitely puts us in the top 10,” Ebert said, noting that one person owns about 55 locations in the upper Midwest while another owns more than 40 in the South. “It’s more growth than anyone has had in the past 25 years.”

Ebert’s latest deal, which closed at midnight, comes on the heels of his company’s move to purchase seven stores primarily in the Fairmont market, a deal consummated in May.

“McDonald’s is changing strategy and selling off company-owned stores,” Ebert said of Thursday’s deal. “It was too good of an opportunity to pass up…

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