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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Falling Arches

BEIJING () -- The largest McDonald's hamburger restaurant in the world has closed to make way for a shopping center in central Beijing.

McDonald's 700-seat outlet on Wangfujing, the Chinese capital's premier shopping street near Tiananmen Square, ended operations Sunday night. Marvin Whaley, president of McDonald's China Development Co., said a new McDonald's restaurant would open at another location on Wangfujing in the near future.

The fate of the Wangfujing restaurant had been under dispute for more than two years. When first ordered to leave the premises, the fast-food giant refused, saying it had a 20-year lease on the site.