McDonald's closing its doors, customers upset

McDonald's closing its doors, customers upset
Published: Dec. 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2016 at 12:02 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE 3) – McDonald's inside Norton Children's hospital is closing for good. Families in for a hospital stay, nearby employees and customers said they're extremely disappointed to see the Golden Arches go.

Families stuck with medical bills and limited time for meals said McDonald's was a perfect fit for their situation.

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And employees said McDonald's was always something patients could look forward to nearing the end of their stay.

"Kids love to eat McDonald's when they get well here at the hospital. That's the first thing they say, 'momma go down to McDonald's and get me some food," said Ronzelle McDuffy.

"I don't know what I am going to do from here on out, but I am very sad about it," said Mark Davis, who used the spot as a place for lunch when visiting his wife who works at the dental school nearby.

Davis has been coming to the location for eight years and orders the same thing each time: hamburger, fries and a chocolate shake.

"Kinda enjoyed the fellowship and meeting some people here. I'm gonna miss it," said Davis.

Employees said it was a good fit for their patients when money was tight because of medical bills.

"Especially around this time of year when people don't have the money to afford it," said Janie Sparkman, "That's why we come here."

Au Ban Pain will take its place. The new establishment is a cafe that boasts healthy options like artisan sandwiches, soups, salads and details calorie counts on every menu. Despite possible healthy options, it's the cost that's the downfall for many.

The chipotle black bean burger costs $7.19. A cheeseburger at McDonalds-just a dollar.

McDonald's says they have no plans to open another store nearby. The hospital said they decided not to renew the lease-hoping to use the space to expand clinical services.