This is the 50th anniversary store opened in 2005. We will see more and more of this kind of real estate wheeling and dealing in the future as McDonald's looks for more ways to return cash to shareholders. This time it involves a McOpCo so there's no franchise agreement to terminate. But, if it was franchised the Operator would have to be bought out or be talked into walking away from the remaining seven years.
A McDonald's isn't always the highest and best use for a property.
With McDonald's moving to Chicago, Oak Brook's 22nd Street restaurant will close Saturday