Burger King closes after 26 years at Kennedy Memorial Road in Waterville

The Burger King at 465 Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville closed Monday after 26 years in operation. The owner of Carols Corp. in Syracuse, New York, said in an email Wednesday that all members of its team have been offered roles at other Burger King restaurants in the area. Some former employees wrote on social media that the restaurant was not profitable and could not hire enough workers. Amy Calder / Morning Sentinel

WATERVILLE – The Burger King restaurant on Kennedy Memorial Drive closed Monday after 26 years in business.

It was not clear on Wednesday why the fast food restaurant had stopped operating, but those who worked there wrote on social media that the restaurant was not profitable and could not hire enough workers.

The building at 465 Kennedy Memorial Drive was quiet on Wednesday, the Burger King sign was gone from the front, a parking lot litter box filled with debris and a sign on the windshield door that read, “CLOSED GOOD!!!!!!!!”

The restaurant is owned by Carroll’s Corporation in Syracuse, New York. The restaurant’s last working day was Sunday.

An email from Burger King’s PR team on Wednesday indicated that all team members were offered roles at other Burger King restaurants in the area. He encouraged guests to visit other locations, including one nearby at 44 College Ave. in Waterville.

said a woman who answered the phone Tuesday at Burger King on 44 College Ave. She would ask the regional manager to answer a call, but that manager didn’t call until Wednesday.

A woman who answered the phone on Wednesday at the same Burger King, identified herself as one of the restaurant managers and confirmed that the restaurant is also owned by Carrolls Corp. But she said she was not authorized to comment. She referred questions to Carols.

Information on Carols’ website indicates that the company owns and operates more than 1,000 restaurants under the Burger King and Popeyes brands.

A woman who used to work at Burger King on Kennedy Memorial Drive on Tuesday wrote in a social media message to a reporter that she was open to talking about the shutdown, but it was not until Wednesday that she returned further messages seeking comment.

Social media and phone messages left to other former employees were not returned.

Some former workers wrote in social media posts they were trying to get jobs at Burger King on College Avenue. Asked Wednesday if any of those who lost their jobs had been hired at the College Avenue restaurant, one of the managers there said she could not comment on personnel matters.

The former restaurant is located on Kennedy Memorial Drive, off Interstate 95, next to The Elmwood Hotel on one side and Sweet Dirt, a marijuana store, on the other.


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