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UPDATED: McDonald's in Fridley Cub Closes

Restaurant lost lease; grocery and liquor store leases renewed.

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.

Niecy May 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I was told they could not get there lease renewed!!! I'm not sad about it. it was not the cleanest place to eat anyway!!! DM
Chris Steller (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I believe what you heard must be right. The developer that owns the shopping center is redeveloping it so all tenants including McDonald's and Cub would have to renew. Thanks, Niecy.
Niecy May 02, 2012 at 02:49 PM
No problem!!! By the way I love FRIDLEY patch!!!
Janete Z May 03, 2012 at 07:09 AM
I think it is a shame that they could not renew the lease. I saw a lot of senior citizens go sit down there have a cup of coffee and visit with each other. It was also a nice place to grab a snack and a beverage before you shopped. I will miss it and I know I am not the only one!
Chris Steller (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I'm going to try to talk to the developer to see what they have in mind. They may be going to replace it with something, just not a McDonald's. What kind of restaurant, fast food or otherwise, would you like to see in that shopping center?
AKA June 28, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Forget about a restaurant. I'd like to see a more presentable property there. It's a very high traffic area, yet that Cub location is fairly sad looking. Awkward storefront, parking lot regularly strewn with litter, and between that and the buildings across Main St., a lot of vacant space. I, for one, welcome a good renovation to the whole block. It's just too bad the developer has taken this long to do it and scaled it back once already.

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