Well then, either the McDonalds (two) did not pay attention to grammar or
the separate lines identify the name and then, separately, the available
(ostensible) food.

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Nancy Gish wrote:

> I do not know the history of how "McDonalds" became a brand name, and
> brand names pay no attention as a rule to rules.  But it could well be
> simply a plural rather than a possessive.  If it simply is the name of a
> family, i.e., the McDonalds, then the possessive would be "Mcdonalds' "
> and would not be in the brand name.

The first McDonalds was owned by two brothers named (what else)
A short history of the early chain, bought out by Ray Kroc, is at

At the webpage is a picture of the first restaurant and it displays a sign
saying (with no apostrophes):


    Rick Parker