The McDonald’s unit operating in the retail food court at the Cleveland Clinic will close on September 18 after several years of wrangling with the hospital administration over impression its presence on the premises projects, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The unit, operated by a McDonald’s franchisee, had been operating at the site for two decades, the last half of which it had come under fire from Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove, a cardiac surgeon, who has been trying to improve the health of the institution’s employees with a series of wellness initiatives. The franchisee had refused to budge, citing his rights under his lease as well as the unit’s apparent continuing popularity.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement that management of onsite foodservice operations at the Clinic’s main campus, where the McDonald’s is located, has been awarded to Sodexo. The company will begin taking over operations on October 17, about a month after the McDonald’s is scheduled to close.
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