BURGER bar McDonald’s has shut up shop in Hemel Hempstead town centre after more than a quarter of a century.
A green hoarding has been put up around the Marlowes eaterie and a sign thanks passers-by for 24 years of custom, though the restaurant opened in 1983.
The firm has blamed dwindling sales for the decision to close, first announced in July.
However, while the town centre has lost out the McDonald’s branch at Jarman Park has been revamped with new fixtures and fittings including sofas, ‘egg chairs’ and different lighting.
There are also 42 extra seats.
The move will create around 30 more jobs but staff are expected to move over from the town centre restaurant.
McDonald’s says the work is part of a ‘re-imaging’ of its 1,200 UK restaurants, of which 60 per cent have now had a makeover.