In addition to the ailing Eagle Ridge Mall, Lake Wales is home to another retail oddity: a rare closed McDonalds!
McDonalds doesn't close often, and many times the properties are quickly scooped up by other operators when they do, so one sitting vacant is uncommon.
This McDonalds is located in a kind of awkward outparcel, and is also, as seen here, on a weirdly steep little hill. Look at all those awful gouges in the street- I'm really not sure why this little spot wasn't just lowered.
This location had been vacant for about 5-6 years when I came by to photograph it in 2020. It last shows as open in a 2013 streetview, and as totally shuttered in 2015. McDonald's bought the land for their replacement restaurant, up the road at 1978 FL-60, in 2014, so this location likely closed not long after.
For reference, that location was built on the site of a local car wash. This location was built in 1989, and likely last remodeled around 2002.
Gotta love that classic McDonalds brick. Hell of a crack in it, though, I hope there's no foundation issues at play.
I gotta wonder why the disabled parking spot seems to be one of the farthest away.
A better view of the back. I considered climbing the ladder, but I had places to be and no idea what shape the roof was in.
Weeds are starting to spring up in the cracks of the drive-thru lane.
Until next time, this has been Cape Kennedy Retail.