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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

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BK Closures: I Guess We Can't Have It Our Way

Posted 05-10-2023 at 07:55 PM by case44


Every fast food place has a history, and with it usually comes a heyday. Burger King is one of those fast food joints. They used to have a legendary catch phrase in the early years of their advertising, and it was all over the place in the 1970s.

Have it your way.

And, let's face it, we did. Sure, there were many fast food places competing for both our attention and our appetites, not to mention a guilty pleasure now and then. Burger King was no different, often competing nationally with McDonald's for your business. It was the King versus the Clown. Good times. And we had it our way, as BK was one of the first chains I can remember who can be flexible with how your burger was ordered.

Nowadays, there is a ton of new competition, and regional chains have gotten bigger, along with other entrepreneurial ventures, and Burger King is becoming the forgotten lot. I like my Whopper with mustard rather than the mayo that the powers that be intended for their menu, but nothing beats the double cheeseburger. They're still good when paired up with an order of onion rings. But you now see many, many places offering different types of burgers. Charbroiled, wood-broiled, flat-grilled, smashed, or seared. Regular or gourmet? Yep. So much competition.

Restaurants also face serious challenges. Chains have franchisees, and there have been management issues at some locations, causing quality and business to suffer. It doesn't help that our world had COVID for a few moons and the greatest country in this same world is now poorly run. Nonetheless, Burger King has had to make a choice. They've decided to shutter around 400 locations nationwide. They're closing them. That's not all of the locations, but just the poorly-performing ones in several states. The below link will offer further explanation.

https://www.thestreet.com/restaurant...on-hit-hardest

Dallas-Fort Worth, meanwhile, still is hanging on to the Burger King locations in the market, but it's been many years since I've seen one remotely crowded. Yet, somehow, they still hang on, given that D/FW couldn't hang to a Carl's Jr long enough. I point that out because there are two BK locations within a few miles of my apartment, and although they are never crowded with customers, they are very much still open.

You hate to see businesses going away. While this may not completely be the end of Burger King, one can only wonder if we'll keep having it "our way".
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