Why does this store still exist?
A year ago, it was almost forgotten in the heart of the city, but the store has since gained a following of its own.
The store is still in business and is still running, although not the same as it used to.
It has also lost a bit of its charm, as the owner says he was never the same since moving there.
The former warehouse has been turned into a restaurant, which opened in November.
This is the place where the first McDonald’s was introduced to Melbourne in 1997, but since then, it has been known as a ‘ghost town’ in the town’s history.
Now, after a two-year restoration project, the place is set to reopen as a restaurant with a new name.
“I had this idea, and it’s a very important one to me,” said James, who bought the business at the end of last year.
“It’s an honour for me, but it’s just one of those things that if I don’t do it, the city will be destroyed and there won’t be any value in Melbourne, and I’m just glad I got to do it.”
James and his brother Andrew, who owns the property, have been living in the store for about four years, so they knew exactly where it was going to be.
“We know where it is, but we didn’t know the history behind it,” he said.
“The whole reason I got the idea was because we were living in this old warehouse in a shopping centre, and there were a lot of people, people who’d moved into the area, and that’s when we knew it had to go.”
James says he and his brothers decided to revive the business, despite being “shocked” to learn the old store was no longer in business.
“When we went in to buy it, we had no idea it was there, and we had to leave the warehouse and go back and do a bit more research, and see where it used as a place to store things,” he explained.
“We wanted to do something that wasn’t just a restaurant.”
There were some old furniture, and some old posters, and a few old books, and lots of old posters.
“The brothers say the store is now looking for new owners to keep it going.”
James says it’s been hard for the business to get back into the city. “
The staff here are doing their jobs, and our neighbours have seen the store before and have been really impressed.”
James says it’s been hard for the business to get back into the city.
He’s still trying to find out who owns it, but he is hoping to keep the store open, even if it takes a while to do so.
It will take a lot to keep this place open, but James says he will make sure the old location is not forgotten.