UPDATED — As aging McDonald’s sites around the city are torn down and rebuilt in the chain’s latest style, there’s one that will be torn down and not rebuilt at the same spot.
The McDonald’s on Woodlawn just south of 13th Street, which has been there for 40 years, will close late next month.
“In the short term, yes, unfortunately, we’re closing at that location,” says Dale Carter, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Vicki.
He says the lot isn’t big enough to handle the new McDonald’s model or he would rebuild there.
“I would love to, yes,” Carter says. “We’ve watched our kids and a heck of a lot of other kids grow up visiting that McDonald’s.”
The Carters own five of the city’s couple of dozen McDonald’s restaurants.
Carter says brokers have been looking for a new site for him.
“We just haven’t been able to find a suitable location,” he says. “Ultimately, it’s McDonald’s decision. At this point, McDonald’s is not comfortable that they have the right spot.”
The Carters have owned the Woodlawn McDonald’s since 1997. It will close after business on March 26.
“Personally, it’s very tough for us to do,” Carter says. “We will miss being there.”