In another blow to fans of the “old” Cabin John shopping center, longtime Potomac hangout McDonald’s is on its way out. Lease negotiations have stalled between shopping center owner Edens and the restaurant chain’s local franchisee, we’re told. Doors are expected to close just before Christmas. Two local moms, Wendy Fink and Martha Larrazábal, have started a petition to try and persuade Edens to reopen negotiations. “This is such a community staple, and it’s constantly busy with kids, with the elderly, with high schoolers every day,” Fink says. “We all use it. We all love it. It’s just wrong to close it.” McDonald’s is the latest of several popular and moderately priced businesses that have exited Cabin John since Edens took over in 2016. There was a similar public outcry when longtime tenants Broadway Pizza and Baskin Robbins were ousted two years ago. Broadway is being replaced by the upscale Mykonos Restaurant, and Baskin Robbins was replaced by higher-priced local ice cream shop The Scoop. No word yet on what might happen to the McDonald’s space.

Editor’s update: For once, this closing story had a happy ending. Check out the latest in Store Reporter’s collab with Montgomery Community Media: