December 6 2013 Latest news:
Friday, November 1, 2013
McDonald’s will be serving its last ever burger at its branch in Hampstead High Street after it revealed it will be permanently closing its doors to customers after 21 years in the area.
The fast-food restaurant, which opened to strong opposition from residents led by the late Peggy Jay in 1992, said it had decided to sell its lease after receiving a “good” offer from an as-yet unknown buyer.
The company announced it will be closing the branch on Sunday, November 17.
A spokesperson for the store said the company was “sad” to be leaving Hampstead.
They said: “This was not an easy decision but although we are sad to leave Hampstead, after so many year of successful trading, we decided that this was the right opportunity as we received a good commercial offer to purchase the remainder of our lease, which would have expired in 2016.
“We do not believe that there will be a significant impact on customers and we invite them to come to our Swiss Cottage and Kilburn branches, which are less than two miles away.”
Hampstead residents who originally fought the David and Goliath campaign to prevent the restaurant’s presence in the High Street over 20 years ago will likely see this as a significant victory in keeping chain stores out of the area.
The restaurant has been no stranger to controversy since arriving to Hampstead High Street and had riled residents and councillors as recently as last month after it applied for a late-night licence.