Burger King set to reopen this week

Published 8:01 am Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FRANKLIN—Beginning Friday, you can have it your way — again.

Burger King Corp. officials confirmed Tuesday that their Franklin restaurant, located at 1360 Armory Drive, will be open for business at 6 a.m. Friday after being closed since October.

Ashley Davidson, the company’s coordinator for internal communications, said the restaurant would be giving out free BK Burger Shots to patrons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

“We’re currently discussing some additional promotions,” Davidson said, adding that more details about the reopening would be made in a company statement today. “We will be offering a lot of new products (from the Franklin restaurant), including some of the more popular ones.”

Upon hearing the news of Friday’s reopening, City Manager June Fleming said “I am very happy for them. I know I have had a lot of citizens ask me when it was going to reopen. It was a very popular place, and I wish them the best.”

Qualified Builders Inc., a construction firm from Wilmington, N.C., had been working on renovations both inside and outside of the restaurant for several weeks. The interior has been completely remodeled, and a new roof, signage and landscaping has been added outside.

Burger King Corp., which is based in Miami, will run the Franklin restaurant, which has been closed since Oct. 24. The corporate office took over after the previous owner, Samina Azhar, had to shut the restaurant down because she could not pay the city’s meals tax.

Azhar was facing 11 felony charges for failing to pay city meal taxes, but five of those charges were dismissed and the remaining six reduced to misdemeanor counts of embezzlement as part of a plea agreement with the city. She pleaded guilty in Franklin General District Court on June 29 and received a 12-month suspended sentence for each embezzlement charge and was ordered to pay the city $68,776.42 in restitution.

The court also ordered her to pay a $100 fine for the misdemeanor charge of operating without a business license.