Just hearing that a McDonald’s shut down is news. Look, I will never have the money to own a fast-food franchise. However, if I did there are two that appear to be the safest investments on earth. One, have you driven by a Chick-Fil-A at lunch lately? And two, McDonald’s. Seriously, I’ve seen locations closed for remodeling or renovation or even relocation. I have NEVER seen a Mickey D’s shuttered for a reason like lack of business.
Burger King? Yes. Wendy’s? Yes. KFC? Sure. The place where “I’m lovin’ it?” Not a chance. So, hearing that a McDonald’s in Belleville, Illinois has closed, that in itself is news. What makes this even more intriguing though is that this location was the last in America to have the OG McDonald’s arch out front.
Notice I used the singular, “arch.” My whole life, McDonald’s has had the nickname, “The Golden Arches” based on it’s iconic logo and storefront signage. This store in Illionois was the last in America to have the original, single arch logo sign.
Interestingly, as you can see in the pic below, the store itself had been updated in recent years to the corporation’s more modern store design. And again, this is not a situation where the sign was removed. This is not a situation where the store is being renovated. No, this is a shutdown of a McDonald’s franchise.
You just don’t see this everyday, and you REALLY don’t see the old school Mickey D’s logo on the regular. Puzzling end of an era as a McDonald’s closes its doors in Illionois.
Old school McDonald’s logo here in Belleville, Illinois. Lovin it. pic.twitter.com/PIQb42fPIi— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) January 29, 2021