Downtown Albany McDonald’s to Close

If you’re hungry after a show at the Times Union Center, where was your first stop? McDonald’s, now, that’s not going to be an option anymore.

The McDonald’s at Madison Avenue and South Pearl Street will close when its lease with the Albany Housing Authority expires on December 14th, according to the Times Union.

McDonald’s struck an agreement with the housing authority in 1992. Two years later, the historic preservation panel allowed them to put up their iconic red and white sign. There were issues between the community and the historic preservation panel who fought over whether the franchise would “detract from the nearby Historic Pastures neighborhood,” the oldest neighborhood in Albany.

McDonald’s didn’t give a specific reason as to why they’re closing the location but it may have to do with similar establishments also leaving, like Stewarts and Rite Aid. The Department of Motor Vehicles also left the area which is leaving local government disappointed in these changes.

There are no official plans for something to take the place of McDonald’s yet but many are discussing a grocery store “to bring fresh food to the community.”



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