That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

October 27, 2008

Burger King, Smithfield, VA (closed October 2008)

Filed under: dead stores,franklin,Smithfield — Anita @ 8:29 pm

He Didn't Get Stolen!

This picture is from Decmeber of 2004 when Spongebob Squarepants first graced the roofs of Burger Kings. Although I live in Staunton now, I still read the local news from time to time. I found out that some of the Burger Kings in Smithfield, Suffolk, and Franklin closed due to issues with the franchiser.

I lived in Franklin for two years, and I never took a picture of the Burger King there, or anywhere near the Burger King, so no picture of that one.



  1. Thanks for the post, pic & story link. Bizarre–letting so much business slide over back restaurant taxes.

    If the closing makes the top stories in this week’s Smithfield Times, the writeup will be at the website, Around Wednesday . . .

    Comment by Kevin Seward — October 27, 2008 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

  2. ..that is seriously one of the worst websites I’ve ever seen…

    Comment by Anita — October 27, 2008 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

  3. I can totally understand your being underwhelmed . . . 😉

    That said: given numerous factors (like the limited quantities of time/money/web-literate interns at an independent rural weekly newspaper), I’m pleased/amazed they have what they have.

    [Check out Sussex-Surry Dispatch and compare.]

    Indeed, if I recall correctly, clicking onto the Times’ Top Stories link used to just bring you to subscription info. Which would annoy citizens of the 21st century to distraction.

    But being a fossil from the days of typewriters & mimeographs (ah, the fumes), I just rolled with it. And I’m very glad the Times has taken this step forward since then.

    If not thoroughly disgusted, try them tomorrow (Wednesday) when the new issue comes.

    Thanks again.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — October 28, 2008 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  4. Wow, that is a horrible website!

    Anita, thanks for the info. We were wondering why the BK at the corner of College Drive and Towne Point Road (Northern Suffolk) was closed. The ajoining Shell station had been out of gas since Hurricane Ike. And that BK was horrible! Poor customer service; we drove through the drive-thru more than once when they wouldn’t take our order.

    Comment by KP — October 29, 2008 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  5. I would submit it to the webitesthatsuck guy, but he never posts my stuff on the blog.

    Comment by Anita — October 29, 2008 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  6. Yeah, now I’m sorry I mentioned the Smithfield Times site:

    The BK closings story was not among the Top Stories. So the story’s not online. Don’t bother going there . . .

    (The recent Smithfield Farm Fresh ban on plastic bags made the Top Stories–go figure.)

    Comment by Kevin Seward — October 29, 2008 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  7. There must be something about BK’s, man. I live in Tacoma, which at one time (being the second or third largest city in WA) had at least half a dozen BK’s. But then there were troubles with the franchiser around 2000 and a majority of them closed. It’s kind of a joke around here, when you see an open Burger King in Pierce County you’re amazed. (And I can only name one, around 74th & Hosmer, in its perpetual battle with the Jack In The Box one block away.)

    The one closest to my house split, and became a Taco Del Mar and a Starbucks.

    Comment by Mushroom — November 5, 2008 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  8. Not to be confused with the Boy Who Cried Wolf . . .

    Okay, while it lasts, a link to a Nov. 5 article on the former employees of the Smithfield BK:

    Comment by Kevin Seward — November 7, 2008 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  9. This is an interesting irony to hear of all those BKs closing, since I believe one of the former local BK franchisers in the Chicago may have went under, and many former BK locations closed, including the one that was the closest to where I live several years ago. There still are some BKs left in the Chicago area, but I always sense that problems with this particular BK franchisee(I’m guessing it went under) may’ve caused up to 1/3 of all the local BKs to close for good.

    Closest former BK location to where I live is now a combo Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, and at least did stop the brief revolving door of independent fast food businesses in that location after BK closed.

    Comment by Allan — December 28, 2008 @ 7:57 am | Reply

  10. The BK at Townpoint and College Drive in Suffolk is a wreck! They’ve removed the giant “Temporarily Closed” signs and the drive-thru menu boards. The main door (BK and Shell) is boarded up along with some broken windows. It’s been tagged with graffiti. Parking space blocks now block the two entrances (but not the exit onto College). And there’s a yellow FOR SALE OR LEASE sign on the BK sign.

    I haven’t been down Hwy 17 or Western Branch Blvd lately. I know both those locations are closed but I don’t know the condition. The Western Branch BK is brand new, having been rebuilt after a fire destroyed it last year.

    Oh well…the College Drive BK was horrible anyway. The staff was rude and the food quality was horrid.

    Comment by KP — January 14, 2009 @ 11:00 am | Reply

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