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This Historic McDonald's Location Is Closing

Eat This, Not That! logo Eat This, Not That! 16/5/2021 Krissy Gasbarre
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McDonald's is known for delivering big on size. But as the fast food brand has made some tough decisions during the pandemic, an historic McDonald's store has been closed, effective today, as the owner evaluates what's really best for business.

Michigan Live reported Saturday that the world's first "Mini Mac," located in the South End of eastern Michigan's Bay City, has been permanently closed as of today. The Mini Mac is said to carry some fast food historical significance, bearing a plaque as "The World's First McDonald's 'Mini Mac,'" established at 2200 Broadway Avenue in June of 1981.

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The Mini Mac was a petite version of the classic McDonald's store, reportedly featuring a walk-up window, a small dining area, two outdoor dining tables, and a single-lane drive-thru.

The owner and operator of the Bay City Mini Mac said in a statement released by McDonald's:

"McDonald's reviews its restaurant portfolio on a regular basis to make the best decisions for our business moving forward. After more than 40 years, our restaurant at 2200 Broadway in Bay City is closing. We have been honored to serve our loyal customers and be part of this community."

The statement also noted that the employees of the Mini Mac restaurant were offered employment opportunities at nearby locations, while customers received coupons to visit these locations as well. "I would like to thank you for your support," the owner stated via the coupon. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve you all these years."

It's said the Bay City Mini Mac was one of just three Mini Mac locations in the country, with the other two in Los Angeles and Pueblo, Colorado. In other news about fast food concepts, check out Chick-fil-A Is Launching a Brand New Type of Restaurant.

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