Thursday, August 13, 2020

[POP!] Burger Bubble Bursts in the 'Burbs; Hardee's, Burger King and Wendy's All Close Restaurants

Hardee's has closed its restaurant at 91 South Main Street in downtown Alpharetta after nearly 40 years in business.  There was reportedly no advance warning of the closure which apparently took place this past weekend.  Despite still being listed as open on Google as well as on the Hardee's corporate website, the restaurant has permanently closed and all exterior signage has been removed.  The roughly 3,300 square foot restaurant was built in 1983 and sits on just under one acre. 

Property records show that the Alpharetta restaurant was owned and operated by Empire Restaurants, LLC, a subsidiary of Boulder, Colorado-based Summit Restaurant Holdings, a significant Hardee's/Carl's Jr. franchisee.  

A simple sign on the door directed would-be restaurant patrons to the next nearest Hardee's at "801 Holcomb Bridge Road."  Problem is, there is no Hardee's at 801 Holcomb Bridge Road.  Instead, Hardee's is located at 891 Holcomb Bridge Road where it occupies a former El Pollo Loco.  

Metro Atlanta is littered with former Hardee's restaurants, but the company, today owned by Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group, has in recent years opened several new restaurants in the area including outposts on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn and Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Tucker 

In addition to the closure of Hardee's, at least three local Burger King restaurants have closed in recent months as well as at least two Wendy's.  

The Burger King closures include the following locations:

11780 Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta  

1725 Buford Highway in Cumming (where Back Yard Burgers closed previously) 

1425 Market Boulevard in Roswell  

These three Burger King closures are in addition to the closure on Alpharetta Highway we previously reported.  

For its part, Wendy's, which according to a recent CNN report, is "eating McDonald's breakfast," closed their restaurant at 1100 North Point Drive, near North Point Mall in Alpharetta.  The restaurant reportedly closed within the past few days and is the second area eatery to shutter, following the permanent closure of Corner Bakery, another Roark Capital Group owned concept.

Wendy's also closed its 20-year old restaurant at 13794 Highway 9 in Alpharetta.  

Second generation drive-thru restaurants are historically highly desirable, with the COVID-19 pandemic sparking even more interest in the feature for quick-serve restaurants and other businesses that continue to expand.  

Are you surprised that so many fast food burger joints have closed?  What would you like to see open in any of the former Hardee's, Burger King or Wendy's restaurants?  What is your favorite fast food burger joint?

Please share your thoughts below. 


BigRedDogATL said...

I will miss the Hardee's restaurant in Alpharetta. It was there when I moved to Alpharetta in 1988 and over the years it served as a meeting place for the people of Alpharetta to gather on weekends for some good breakfast biscuits.

I know the City of Alpharetta is planning to make major changes to the intersection next to the restaurant. Drivers on Marietta St. will no longer be able to make left turns onto S. Main Street and the City will install a "HAWK" pedestrian crossing signal at that corner. These changes will have a severe impact on car traffic being able to access and leave the Hardee's location, so this might have been a contributing factor to the restaurant closing.

If another fast food restaurant decides to take over the location, I would like to see a Seafood restaurant, such as Captain D's or Long John Silvers locate there. At one time there was a Long John Silvers that shared a building with KFC directly across the street. That building is now a SALT restaurant.

Anonymous said...

There will be no restaurants in Roswell/Alpharetta area.

Jodyml813 said...

The Wendy's on Alpharetta highway and Bethany Bend in Milton is also closed.

Anonymous said...

Very surprised that this store is closed. Hardee's also closed a store in Kennesaw a while back.

Summit is one of the largest operators of Hardee's and Carl's.

Steve was one of the managers for the company and I am sorry that the store is closed.

Great burgers.

Atlantan99 said...


You are second reader to report that location closed but I just called and it's definitely still open. Maybe new signage/a renovation?

Unknown said...

Shut down all wendys restaurant for good

Anonymous said...

Look real...would you eat the food prepared by the “workforce” at these fast food establishments???...well no one else is either! Bring on the robots...or go under!

Jodyml813 said...

13794 atlanta highway is definitely closed there's a lease sign in the window and it's marked closed all over Yelp and their websites.

Anonymous said...

*Fast food joints maybe. There is plenty of restaurants in that area. ��

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