Long-Vacant Grady Hospital McDonald’s To Be Replaced by Jesse Hill Market ‘Food Pharmacy’

Jesse Hill Market is planned as part of Open Hand's 'Food is Medicine' initiative.

Grady Hospital in partnership with Open Hand Atlanta is in the throes of opening Jesse Hill Market downtown.

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The 8,618-square-foot health-food-focused concept will open in place of the long-vacant McDonald’s in the hospital’s main campus, at 80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, according to plans obtained by What Now Atlanta (WNA) Monday.

A Grady Hospital representative in a telephone conversation Monday confirmed the project with WNA but said construction has hit a “snag” which could affect some of the planned offerings for Jesse Hill Market.

Planned features include a grab-and-go cafe, farmer’s market, food pharmacy, and a “teaching kitchen.”

It is part of Open Hand’s “Food is Medicine” program and is “designed to improve food security and health outcomes among patients, families, and staff of Grady hospital by increasing access to healthy, affordable food,” according to a listing seeking a manager for the market.

Jesse Hill Market was originally planned to debut in November, but the construction delays will most likely push the opening into early 2020.

McDonald’s was situated in the space from January 01, 1991 until June 6, 2016, when the fast-food chain’s lease expired, according to an internal memo obtained by WNA.

Grady opted to not renew the lease and instead demolished the interior of McDonald’s earlier this year to make way for Jesse Hill Market.


Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak