COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - After 40 years of serving the Columbus area, the Burger King on Wynnton Road, owned by Schuster Enterprises, will be closing their doors and selling its property. This comes after not being able to meet the Burger King Corporation’s updated standards of having a double drive-thru.
Ron Cooper, with Schuster Enterprises tells News Leader 9, “There’s not enough room to create a double drive through and still have enough room for our customers to park there. So, with the building being the way it is, you have to change the building and that would be an issue or a problem.”
This isn’t just any building - it’s an historic building constructed in the early 1930′s by T. Lockwood Jr.. and purchased and adapted by burger king into a restaurant in the 1980′s. A ‘For Sale’ sign with the W.C. Bradley Real Estate Company now sits outside of the business and the listing has a $1,300,000 price tag on the business.
“Hopefully someone can use it in an aspect to where it can maintain its integrity and remain the building that it is,” said Mr. Cooper.
According to leaders with Schuster Enterprises, employees were aware of the possibility of the Wynnton location closing at the beginning of 2020 and the building has been on a month-to-month contract with Burger King Corporations since June. Now, the company is offering current employees work at any of the other locations it owns throughout the city.
“We’re working with that right now. We have employees still working at the location cleaning it up and everybody will have the opportunity to work somewhere,” said Mr. Cooper.
Leaders with Schuster Enterprises says they’re always scouting buildings for new locations, but it would take nearly two years to reopen a new Burger King at a new location.