COOLIDGE — For the second time in the past year, the Coolidge Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for a new Burger King in the north part of town. This time, residents are hoping it’s not a whopper.

The Burger King would be located along Arizona Boulevard in the north of town, across from the Casa Grande Ruins. The site, just below the Safeway Plaza, is currently empty. According to Coolidge’s GIS coordinator Tim Hansen, the proposed Burger King would have a double drive-thru and the restaurant itself will be a 3,200-square-foot model.

“These poor guys are met with a little bit of skepticism after the last one didn’t happen,” Hansen said, “but we are hoping they prove the naysayers wrong.”

According to development director Brad Flahiff, who was representing San Angelo Realty in bringing the proposal to Coolidge during Wednesday’s meeting, his company thought it was an appropriate time to build another Burger King in the area, despite the presence of one in nearby Florence.

“We watched Coolidge for many years, and it looks like there is some good growth coming,” Flahiff said. “So we felt like it was the time the area could support two restaurants.”

Flahiff said his company owns 54 Burger King franchises; although a gas line needs to be moved before construction can start, Flahiff said they are hoping to break ground by the end of the year. That would give a timeframe of early 2022 for the restaurant’s opening.

During the meeting, the board also re-zoned a small piece or property located near the entrance to the Nikola manufacturing site. The corner of Houser Road and Highway 87 can now be developed for adding a traffic signal in September, and Lopez speculated developers might look to put a gas station or small travel mart there.

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Aaron Dorman is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more. He can be reached at adorman@pinalcentral.com.

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