Burger King is eyeing Waxahachie for a new stand-alone location in the Waxahachie Towne Crossing shopping center on U.S. Highway 77. The Waxahachie City Council is expected to review the project’s concept plans during its July 22 meeting.
In documents filed with the city, Burger King states it would operate a freestanding one-story restaurant with a drive-thru on 1.085 acres located at 1740 N. U.S. Highway 77, along the frontage road in the shopping center.
The restaurant anticipates being open from 6 a.m.-midnight seven days a week and would employ 40 people to work the multiple shifts involved. The 3,010 square foot restaurant would have 34 parking spaces and a drive-thru with 14 stacking spaces.
According to planning and zoning documents, city staff recommends denial for the project.
“While the staff is not opposed to the proposed use, the staff has concerns with the proposed location of the use,” the documents state. “Based on the projected growth of the surrounding area, staff believes a casual dining restaurant, opposed to a quick service (fast food) restaurant, would be the best use for the property.”
According to its website, Burger King has more than 13,000 of its restaurants worldwide with many of them run as franchise operations. Combined, they serve more than 11 million people each day. The restaurant chain was purchased in 2010 by 3G Capital, a global investment firm.
“We have great respect for the Burger King brand and the strong businesses that management, the employees and the franchisees have built,” Alex Behring, managing partner of 3G Capital, said at the time of the acquisition. “The iconic Burger King brand, its solid franchisee network and great product offerings make this a perfect fit for 3G Capital, which has a strong track record of long-term investments in global consumer brands and retail companies. We are excited to work together with the company’s employees and franchisees.”
The previous stand-alone Burger King in Waxahachie, which was located at 503 N. U.S. Highway 77, closed in 2014. That location now serves as a second site for Rising Sun Hibachi Grill. Although not a standalone site, Burger King operates a restaurant inside the Waxahachie Walmart, located at 1200 N. U.S. Highway 77.
The project was slated to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday evening; information from that meeting was not available prior to press time.