New Burger King drive-thru at Hartlepool retail park takes shape in £2.5m development
Hartlepool’s new Burger King restaurant is taking shape and will open to customers later this year.
A new drive-thru restaurant is being built on the Teesbay Retail Park off Brenda Road in an estimated £2.5 million investment after wining planning permission last year.
The outer shell of the building is now largely complete after several months of construction work.
But customers will have to wait a while longer to get their teeth into their favourite burgers as there is still work to do and no opening date has been announced yet.
A Burger King spokesman said: “Burger King franchisees are regularly evaluating opportunities to bring our great-tasting products to more guests in new locations.
“We can confirm that there will be a new restaurant opening at this location later in the year; however we do not have further information at this time.
“We will keep you informed when more information becomes available.”
Meanwhile, the company has been advertising part and full time jobs for the new Hartlepool restaurant including crew members and shift managers.
Hartlepool Borough Council granted permission for the development last January following an application by Chase Property Developments Ltd who own Teesbay Retail Park.
They stated the intended opening times would be 5am to midnight seven days a week.
Around 50 jobs are understood to be being created.
A planning statement on behalf of the applicant stated at the time: “Due to the close proximity of Teesbay Retail Park to an A-class road – A689 a drive through would make a good rest stop for drivers on a long journey.
“The proposal will improve access to employment, providing a range of opportunities at a variety of levels for staff, by creating new employment opportunities.”
Teesbay Retail Park has seen a number of new retailers open in recent years including a new Lidl supermarket and Starbucks drive-thru.
A new collection of units made out of old shipping containers called a Box Park is also in the pipeline.
It will mark a return of the world’s second largest hamburger chain in Hartlepool after Burger King closed at the Anchor Retail Park in 2015.
That site is set to reopen soon as a Nando’s.