Burger King plans

Burger King Returns to West St. Paul

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After abruptly closing in 2018 along with eight other Twin Cities locations, Burger King is returning to West St. Paul with plans for a new restaurant in the former location at 1650 S. Robert Street.

The plans include tearing down the existing building and constructing a new restaurant of similar size, along with a two-lane drive thru. The Burger King lot will have access to the adjacent Hobby Lobby and Walmart parking lots, something that previously didn’t exist and will improve access and traffic flow in the area (reportedly negotiating with Walmart for access was not easy).

Architectural drawings of the proposed Burger King

The Environmental Committee will review the plans at their next meeting on Wednesday, March 3. There will be public hearings at the Planning Commission review on March 16 and City Council on March 22.

Built in 1978, the vacant Burger King building has been the target of city assessment in recent years for weeds and other abatement issues. The Burger King Corporation has owned the building the entire time, and the abrupt closure seems to be related to the previous franchisee’s 2016 bankruptcy filing.

Vacant Burger King building
The vacant Burger King building, originally built in 1978.

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One comment

  1. Hopefully this location won’t be managed by the franchisee “Tri-City foods” who manages the two St Paul locations.

    Those locations are incredibly dirty, with almost no adherence to food safety standards, with lazy and rude staff.

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