Fast food chain booted from downtown hospital.
McDonald's was not offered a renewal of its lease at Grady Hospital and will close permanently Friday night. The restaurant, operated by a local franchisee, is located on the hospital's campus at 80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in downtown Atlanta, close to Georgia State University.
No official reason was provided for the closure but a medical group may have played a part.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine [a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit of about 12,000 doctors] sponsored three billboards around the hospital this past spring urging Grady management not to renew the restaurant's lease which was up for renewal late this month.
There are reportedly a total of 14 on-premise McDonald’s at U.S. hospitals including another in metro Atlanta at Northside Hospital on Johnson Ferry Road.
A McDonald's source with whom I spoke indicated that the chain plans to look at opening elsewhere in the area to continue to serve its many customers in the community.
The Physicians Committee has also called on hospitals to close on-premise locations of Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A.
Earlier this year the group sponsored billboards near Chick-fil-A’s South Fulton headquarters asking consumers to “Eat More Chickpeas.” The group wants Chick-fil-A removed from Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville and University Hospital in Augusta.
The Physicians Committee said Chick-fil-A operates in 19 U.S. hospitals.
Do you think it's wrong or inappropriate for hospitals to offer fast food options or should it be the consumers' decision as to where they eat? Do you feel McDonald's and Chick-fil-A are equally unhealthy? With what restaurant, business or other use would you like to see Grady repurpose the McDonald's?
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Bonus Bit - "The Founder" a film starring Michael Keaton as McDonalds' "founder" that was shot in Atlanta this past year, is due to be released in theaters August 5th.