Old McDonald's loses its arches

December 01, 2011
  • A McDonald's sign with the company's trademark golden arches was taken down Thursday at the site of the former McDonald's restaurant on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. The Hagerstown area's first McDonald's closed earlier this fall and has been replaced by a new restaurant at nearby Long Meadow Shopping Center.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

HAGERSTOWN — Workers were out Thursday removing signs from the now-closed McDonald's at 520 Northern Ave.

The golden arches on the main sign were removed Thursday morning.

Any sign that indicates that the building used to be a McDonald's is being removed. A worker who did not give his name said they would be out again today removing signs.

The restaurant moved about 800 feet away to Long Meadow Shopping Center at the end of October.

According to a published report in September, it was the first McDonald's to open in Washington County in the late 1960s. It was the 1,138th McDonald's restaurant to open. McDonald's has about 37,000 stores today.

The Ronald McDonald sign that stood in front of the restaurant was removed in late September. It had been there since 1973.

— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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