Candi Barber, manager of the McDonald’s in Hohenwald, reacts with joy upon winning a 2022 Hyundai Accent from the Greater Tennessee Valley Operators Association.

COLUMBIA, TN — Candi Barber started at the Hohenwald McDonald’s as a cook 22 years ago. Now the store’s general manager for 13 years, she’s won a new car from an association of McDonald’s restaurants.

“Wow!” Barber said when Greater Tennessee Valley Operators Association business unit manager Tina Wolfe announced Barber’s victory. Barber gave each of her employees “sweet treats” and $10 every week of the eight-week program.

Barber won a Hyundai Accent valued at $21,250 with three years of free maintenance. Sales tax, title, tag and three months of insurance were paid by GTVOA.

Restaurants competed to see which store had: the shortest time that customers waited between ordering and receiving their food; and the greatest reduction in the time customers waited.

Barber’s name was entered every week. In Hohenwald, customers’ average wait-time was calculated at 35- to 75 seconds during different peak times. An entry from Chattanooga won for the greatest reduction in customer wait time.

Wolfe and her husband, Tony, have the McDonald’s franchise here and in Spring Hill. The Wolfes, other McDonald’s associates, and Columbia Hyundai’s Patrick Robertson and Shawn Gammill applauded Barber for leadership that earned her entry in the drawing.

The Aug. 12 drawing was the culmination of “a national McDonald’s drive through incentive,” Gina Wolfe said. GTVOA members with McDonald’s “from Bowling Green, Ky. to Lawrenceburg, Tenn.” bought the car as an incentive.