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San Francisco McDonald’s latest to shutter doors in wake of California minimum wage hike – Washington Examiner

San Francisco residents are⁣ expressing discontent following⁢ the permanent closure of a longstanding McDonald’s restaurant in the city over the recent weekend. This closure is directly linked to‌ California’s‍ increase in the minimum wage, which has‍ now been set at $20 for fast-food workers under a⁣ new state law ‌enacted on April 1. The ⁣McDonald’s, which had been serving customers​ for more than 30 years, was owned by franchisee Scott Rodrick, who described the decision to close as “gut-wrenching.” The⁣ article indicates that the ⁢closure is part of ​broader economic adjustments businesses are ⁢making in response to the new wage regulations.

San Francisco residents are not ‘lovin’ it’ after one of the city’s long-standing McDonald’s restaurants was forced to shut down for good over the weekend due to California’s minimum wage increase.

The closure comes after more than 30 years of serving customers. The franchisee’s owner, Scott Rodrick, called the closing “gut-wrenching.” The state of California mandated a $20 minimum wage for fast-food restaurant employees under a new law on April 1, which Rodrick referenced as part of why his location is closing.

The other reason this location is closing stems from Rodrick’s landlord’s unwillingness to reach an agreement on rent for this restaurant.

A McDonald’s sign in Wheeling, Illinois, March 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

A statement regarding the restaurant’s closure clarified that its employees were offered employment at nearby McDonald’s locations.

The company’s shuttering of this location comes after several other restaurant chains have reevaluated their business in California. Earlier this month, Rubio’s Coastal Grill announced that it was closing 48 of its locations in the state.


Blaze Pizza, a chain partially owned by Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James, also announced this month that it will move its headquarters from Pasadena, California, to Atlanta by September.

Meanwhile, popular California burger joint In-N-Out raised its prices, which the chain argued was “necessary to maintain our quality standards.” in April, In-N-Out President Lynsi Snyder said she fought to keep menu prices down in the wake of California’s minimum wage law going into effect.

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