McDonald’s to close museum as visitor numbers dwindle

"This combined with the building's location and feasibility to reopen and maintain it led us to this decision."

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World’s largest fast food chain McDonald’s has announced to demolish its Store No. 1 Museum at suburban area of Chicago, which is a replica of its first restaurant.

The restaurant in Des Plaines of Illinois state opened in 1955 by Ray Kroc, who is considered by the corporation to be the hamburger chain’s founder, and it was torn down in 1984, the same year Kroc died. Kroc franchised the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The museum, opened in 1985 with the original restaurant’s sign out front, was once popular with tourists. However, tourist numbers have declined due to repeated flooding of the site since 2008, which led the museum to close off interior access in that year.

“The re-created restaurant… has not regularly welcomed visitors since closing to the public 10 years ago,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

“This combined with the building’s location and feasibility to reopen and maintain it led us to this decision.”

McDonald’s plans to tear down the museum next month and donate the land to the City of Des Plaines.

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