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New management to upgrade, reopen Camden Burger King

Posted: July 10, 2017 4:48 p.m.
Updated: July 11, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Jim Tatum/C-I

Camden’s Burger King -- which suddenly closed several months ago -- as it looks today. A new franchisee, Big Bran Corporation of Charlotte, N.C., plans to spend between $350,000 and $450,000 to upgrade the facility and reopen in the coming months, according to a façade grant application Camden City Council will consider during its meeting tonight at 6 p.m.

A Charlotte, N.C.-based Burger King franchise will spend between $350,000 and $450,000 to completely upgrade the fast-food company’s currently closed location at 210 East DeKalb St. in Camden.

According to a façade grant application attached to tonight’s Camden City Council agenda, Big Bran Corporation -- which operates seven Burger King restaurants in the Charlotte area, three in Florence, two in Sumter and one each in Bennettsville and Easley -- will:

• upgrade the exterior of the building (for which the city will match $3,000 through the façade grant);

• add new lights;

• paint with earth tone colors;

• add Nichiha wood;

• replace the Burger King logos;

• replace the drive-through canopy;

• repair the parking lot;

• remodel the dining room;

• replace the furniture;

• add new air conditioning units;

• replace the drink system; and

• upgrade and repair the kitchen.

According to the façade grant application, work will begin August 1 and is expected to be completed by October 1.

Big Bran spokesperson Robert H. “Bob” Reid did not return a phone call asking for comment before deadline Monday.

 

Burger King suddenly closed down earlier this year after being operated by another franchisee. The North Carolina owner of the property placed a banner on the building advertising it for lease. He removed the sign in recent weeks, apparently in response to working with Reid and Big Bran Corporation.

Council will consider the façade grant application during tonight’s meeting.

A new Hardee’s restaurant is supposed to be built next door to the Burger King, on lots previously used as the home of Graham Realty. Graham sold the lots to Carolina Convenience Corporation (CCC) of Lexington in 2015. CCC paid $435,000 for the property and said it would invest another $1.4 million to develop the site and build the restaurant. The company operates four Hardee’s restaurants in the Columbia area and, in 2015, said it had plans to build four more, including the one in Camden.

CCC Vice President Seema Shrivastava-Patel did not return a message asking for an update on the project by deadline Monday.

Tonight’s city council meeting will also include recognition of Kristin Cobb for her 10 years of service as the executive director of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County.

In addition, council will consider:

• first reading of an ordinance authorizing the purchase of 905 Market St. for $20,000;

• a resolution adopting a revised Freedom of Information Act policy based on amendments made to the state law in May; and

• appointing Linda L. Shaylor to the Camden Board of Zoning Appeals with a term to expire on Aug. 31, 2021.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., and is open to the public. There will be no afternoon work session.

Also, the city recently announced that a Leaders Legacy Bench dedication ceremony for Jimmy and Davis Green scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Invitations will be sent out when a new date is scheduled.

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