I’d like to dispute some of the dates given concerning how long the store operated under the McDonald’s brand. As a former employee of that McDonald’s and the franchiser who operated it, I know that it operated through the 2003 season, at which point our contract with Six Flags was up and not renewed.
I was employed by D’Ambrosio’s & Associates, the franchise owner and operator of the McDonald’s inside the park as well as the one immediately outside, from 2000 to 2010. From 2001 through 2003, I was one of the employees selected to operate the Six Flags McDonald’s store during the summer months (May through August). When the store was closed, we worked at the rest of the stores that the owner operated, primarily at the store outside the park.
When the store first opened in the mid-90s, it was very, very profitable, but as the years went on, the owner was losing money by operating the store. Additionally, the relationship we had with Six Flags management was never that strong and grew weaker over time, leading both parties to willingly not renew the contract with the park.
Therefore, I can attest that the location remained under McDonald’s operation through the 2003 season, at which point, we removed all operating material relating to the chain from the store to the one outside the park.