Update (2 p.m., Thursday): The McDonald's restaurant may have closed, but the and stores will stay past renovations at the 57th Avenue NE shopping center they share, according to City of Fridley Community Development Director Scott Hickok in an email Thursday:
A new lease has been signed by both Cub Foods and the Fridley Liquor Store. Construction on Cub Store can begin as soon as they pick up their permit. For the Fridley Liquor Store, the architectural/construction plans are being drawn and we anticipate a permit application for that facility in the very near future.
Update (1 p.m., Wednesday): McDonald's spokesman Brian Gist said the franchise restaurant inside the Cub Foods store in Fridley closed because it lost its lease.
"Our lease simply expired" at the end of April, Gist said Wednesday.
The company doesn't have plans to replace the restaurant with a new location "at the present time in the general vicinity," he said.
No other locations besides the inside the Cub Foods store in Fridley were affected by the closure, Gist said.
Original post (8:45 p.m. Tuesday): A Cub Foods employee confirmed Tuesday what people have been saying on Twitter: the McDonald's restaurant inside the store in Fridley has closed.
The McDonald's restaurant's telephone is no longer in service.
McDonald's spokespersons weren't available for immediate comment Tuesday night.
Plans for redeveloping the shopping center that includes the Cub Foods store are in the works.
Look for updates as we learn more. And leave a comment below about what you know or have seen.