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New Burger King opens in Nashville

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Tiana Williams, right, reacts while taking Larry Strickland’s order Monday at Burger King in Nashville.

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BY COREY DAVIS
Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Another national franchise business has started at a site in the Twin Counties touted as the only commercial property along U.S. 64 from the Interstate 95 exit all the way to Raleigh.

A new Burger King opened on Sunday at Nash Crossing on Evans Drive in Nashville. Nashville Mayor Donald Street said the Burger King has long been anticipated as another eatery option for residents in the area.

“They better get ready for a stampede because I’ve been getting four or five calls every day from different people that were asking when it was going to open,” Street said. 

Franchise owner Rick Bentz said 28 employees, consisting of a mix of full- and part-time workers with most of the part-time help being high-school students, have been hired to work at the new Burger King.

Bentz said the total cost of construction for the Burger King was between $1.5 million to $1.6 million. The exterior and interior look of the Burger King will resemble the Rocky Mount Burger King. Like the Rocky Mount location, the Nasvhille Burger King has a playground. The Rocky Mount Burger King is owned by a different franchisee, Bentz added. 

Bentz, who lives in Wake Forest and has spent more than 40 years in the restaurant industry, said the Nashville Burger King is the 22nd location opened by him and his partner, who have Burger King franchises in the Triangle area. 

The Burger King corporation helped identify Nash Crossing as an ideal site to construct the restaurant, Bentz said. Nash Crossing sits off U.S. 64 at N.C. 58 in Nashville. Street said there is a large amount of traffic at that location because of the several restaurants and convenience stores in that vicinity.

“With the access to U.S. 64, we should also get a good number of travelers that we expect will hopefully stop by off the highway and get them something to eat,” Bentz said. “Nashville has been an area that we’ve been looking at for a little while and it seemed to be a growing area. We feel confident that this location will do well.”

The Burger King has joined Zaxby’s and Sheetz’s as national franchises at Nash Crossing. The nine-lot Nash Crossing was developed by Don Stallings, founder, chairman and CEO of Eagle Transport Co. and chairman of Stallings Oil Co.

The 3,800-square-foot restaurant that Zaxby’s opened in 2016 was the first tenant in the commercial development. The restaurant seats 72 people and employs more than 50 workers. A 6,426-square-foot Sheetz’s opened as the second tenant in 2017 and employs almost 40 workers.

“That property was slow to develop at first and it took some novel designing to get it designed so they can actually use the land they are using,” Street said. “But the businesses we got there have been really good for the town and Burger King should do well also because they all deliver services that people truly want. Everybody is excited about anything that comes in town because we had so little for so long.”

Bentz said the Burger King at 625 E. Nash St. in Spring Hope will undergo renovations and will have a new, modern look similar to the Burger King in Nashville. Bentz said the dining room will be closed in the next couple weeks for remodeling, but customers will be able to access the drive-thru. The renovations are expected to take 8 to 10 weeks, he said.

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