East-West McDonald's Closes; Nine-Story Commercial Building Planned

Ground-floor retail in new building will include a new McDonald's, according to a Bethesda development map.

The McDonald's at 4500 East-West Highway in Bethesda has closed ahead of the construction of a nine-story commercial building with ground-floor retail.

The development, headed by Carr Properties, will boast more than 220,000 square feet of commerial space with 13,300 square feet of retail—including a new McDonald's, according to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center's development map.

The project is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2014, according to Carr Properties' website.

"CLOSED," read a sign on the shuttered McDonald's building Wednesday afternoon. "Thank you customers for your great support over the years!"

News of McDonald's closing was first reported by Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer.

A call to Carr Properties for comment wasn't returned Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Carr Properties website, the new building will feature four floors below grade along with its nine above-grade floors. The site also details the development's amenities:

  • 4,500 SF rooftop terrace for tenant use.
  • 2,600 SF executive fitness suite with accompying lockers and showers.
  • 1,900 SF conference center with video conferencing for tenant use.
  • Easily accesible, secure loading dock and parking garage.
  • 4,500 SF landscaped plaza with commissioned artwork.
  • 1,000 SF bike facility including free shared bikes for tenants, bike lockers, and a repair station.

The building also is expected to be certified LEED platinum for environmental sustainability and will feature a full-height glass curtain facade.

Will you miss the McDonald's while the new commercial building is under construction? Will you visit the River Road McDonald's instead? Tell us in the comments.

BERNIE FISKEN September 06, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Since there will NO McDonalds at the present East West Highway site for a while, I wonder where all the obese ( aka "fatso" ) people will go for their inexpensive intake of fat and salty fast food? If these addicted mal-nourished McDonald customers walk to the McDonald's on River Road, the exercise will do them good. Better yet.these Bulging Bethesdans may wish to improve their nutrition by eating salads instead of Big-Macs, French Fries, and Ice Cream Shakes.
Native September 06, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I occasionally eat at McDonald's and I'm not obese, addicted, or malnourished. Maybe judgmental snotty condescending sanctimonious douche bags should take a longer walk than to the River Road McDonald's. They should just keep walking until they're so hungry they'd grovel for a Big Mac.
Ddad99 September 06, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Personally, I thought the place was a dump. I've seen more attractive bus terminals. Even at that, my opinion is if you don't like it don't eat there, but don't tell other people what to eat.
Kurt Zimmermann September 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Whoa - that's a lot of vitriol. I figure people can eat what they want so long they don't stick other people with the medical bill if years of bad food choices make them sick. The flipside of that is, *IF* society is on the hook for those medical bills, then it's only fair that society have some input into what people are doing with their bodies. This isn't a libertarian or socialist perspective -- just a matter of tying benefits to risks. Whether it's Wall Street, air pollution or McDonalds, it's unfair to offload the risks or costs to someone else why retaining the benefits (which in the case of McD's would be indulging in unhealthy but tasty food) only for oneself. Again, if you PERSONALLY bear the costs/risks all by yourself, then nobody has the right to tell you what to do -- it's only when you expect others to clean up your mess that you, in effect, grant them a say in your decisions.
Native September 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
People can eat what they want and say what they want. If you don't like it, just go have a handwringing hissy-fit. They can even order a salad or oatmeal at McDonald's if they wish. I wonder where B-CC students will now buy their weed and get munchies? That's been a hallowed Bethesda tradition since the 1960"s.
jag September 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Awesome. Bethesda and Silver Spring are knocking it out of the park.
Eric S. September 06, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Wait, what? I occasionally get coffee there on my way to work if I'm running late. Seriously, it's the only easily accessible place in the area if you are driving from Chevy Chase to 495 via Connecticut. Everything else is either a left turn and a long series of waiting at lights, or has no parking. I don't have a ton of love for McD's in general, but does Bethesda really need a bunch of new real estate when half of the old stuff is empty? Am I missing something?
Eric S. September 06, 2012 at 04:43 PM
To hell with the fat people. They'll all be gone soon, since they'll be taken out by the other demographics that frequented that McD's. . . teenagers and poor people. One wants to loiter, and the other can't really afford anything else for sale in downtown Bethesda. They'll all mob the 7-11, but that won't hold up, and then what's next. . . The ones with cars will spread to other fast food places in the area, meaning, ohmigod, you might actually see the untouchables in your area, instead of confining them. The ones who don't drive? Well, the teenagers will start burning things, attacking people, etc. because that's what they do. The poor? They'll be hungry and broke, with no options. That means you're next -- they will eat you! So yes, way to close McDonalds, because you just started the zombie apocalypse.
Corbin Dallas Multipass September 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I imagine 5 guys is down with this change.
Tom September 06, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Fair point, but “*IF* society is on the hook” because it undertook the role of healthcare provider, then we have a problem. Under that scenario, the cost exigency wouldn't arise from market forces, as those forces simply would operate to assign the risks and rewards associated with decisions. Rather, it would arise from the state’s assumption of control of the market. As a result, many of those willing and able to pay the costs associated with their choices would be foreclosed from doing so. Although one might disagree with these food choices, allowing the state to bootstrap a restriction of our freedoms based on an exigency of its creation strikes me as dangerous. It changes the nature of the state from an entity that exists by consent of the governed to an entity that consents to the governed’s existence.
Michael Shapiro September 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
OHHHH-Noooo! The BCC students will have to eat at the Hot Shoppes. Oh, wait!
Gideon Zogin September 10, 2012 at 05:26 PM
JESUS! That was horribly mean. Every few months I might get some of their fries but besides that i stay in great shape. I understand you are angry in general, saw this article, and decided this was the venue to freak out. You look classy.
Gideon Zogin September 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Random slam against all students who attend BCC. I'm guessing you have some wayward anger towards those children.
Julia Craighill September 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Gideon - Talk about wayward anger. He was making a nostalgic joke about the late, great Hot Shoppes. Whew, calm down.
DCCC Native September 11, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I love it when people are sanctimonius. I imagine that everything in the first poster's ("Bernie Fisken") life must be perfect. He must be an excellent athlete, extremely attractive, and must have reached the apex of his chosen field. I'm sure he's adored universally, must have hordes of friends, many happy and adoring offsprings and a long string of beautiful lovers. Certainly his career success must be on the order of President, Supreme Court Justice, or CEO of a large billion dollar corporation. So that I know I should accord your posting with the respect it must be due, Bernie, please reveal yourself!
Jack September 12, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Which is exactly what ObamaCare is all about. Since the taxpayers will be paying for, or subsidizing, a majority of the country's healthcare starting in 2014, those in charge at the government will feel "obligated" to "protect" the tax payers by mandating various lifestyle choices to all of us. It may be that our soft drink containers are too big, or our vegetable portions are too small, but either way, with government providing our healthcare, it will by nature, become more intrusive.
Sharon Cranford December 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Got to head down and snap a couple of pix for the scrapbook. That's where my sister met her husband. She was a hostess for children's birthday parties, something McDonald's did back in the day (mid-1970's).


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