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McDonald’s still plans to take down Des Plaines museum

Mannequins stand in a display at the site of Ray Kroc's first McDonald's franchise, which opened on April 15, 1955, and is now a museum in Des Plaines.

Mannequins stand in a display at a replica of Ray Kroc's first McDonald's franchise that was used as a museum. | AP file photo

McDonald’s officials have confirmed that they still intend to take down a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant despite a demolition delay.

The Daily Herald reports that it’s been seven months since crews dismantled the sign outside the Des Plaines building, raising hopes that officials may have changed their minds.

McDonald’s spokesman Khim Aday declined to say why there’s been a delay, but says the company still plans to remove the replica from the site.

Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald. It served as a museum of the company’s history.

The site of Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s franchise in Des Plaines was turned into a museum. | AP file photo