Downtown McDonald's to close at the end of the year

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010

McDonald's in downtown is closing its doors after more than two decades in business.

Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
Michael Penn/Juneau Empire

Owner and operator Michael White confirmed that the restaurant is closing as of Dec. 31. In an e-mail to the Juneau Empire, he stated, "McDonald's Corporation's lease on the building will expire next year. In consultation with McDonald's, the business decision was made to close the restaurant."

"There were many factors that led to the decision to close, including the seasonal nature of business downtown. It saddens us and is something we have struggled with for many years. The reality is we cannot continue to operate at the current downtown location," he wrote.

White wrote the McDonald's in Mendenhall Valley, which he also owns, will remain open.

White wrote he co-owns McDonald's franchises with Bill and Beni Laliberte. The franchise company is M & S Associates, which also owns McDonald's restaurants in Ketchikan and Sitka.

He stated the Juneau restaurants have been operated by the current owners since Feb. 1, 1989. The valley restaurant opened on Feb. 1, 1982, and the downtown location opened on Jan. 9, 1986.

"It has been our pleasure to serve our loyal downtown customers and we appreciate their long-term support," he wrote.

White said this may not be the end for a two-McDonald's Juneau. He said the company is committed to looking for a new site.

"We want to be downtown," he said.

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