If you’ve driven down West Jackson Avenue lately and wondered why the parking lot and drive through have been empty at the Burger King, it’s because the restaurant closed on December 23 according to a news brief in The Oxford Eagle. There are no plans to reopen.
According to The Oxford Eagle, “The owner, Marbile Investment Corp., intends to keep its other Burger King on University Avenue open. The Burger King on West Jackson ‘was low performing, which is an easy euphemism for substantially less sales volume,’ said J.J. McNelis, president of the real estate division of Marbile Investment. Those in a management position were offered positions at other Burger Kings, but McNelis said he’s not sure what happened with the other employees. The company acquired the West Jackson property in 1998 from an existing operator and said it was originally opened in the 1980s. The University Avenue location was also acquired in 1998 from an old Hardee’s. The company owns 43 Burger Kings in the region, with 40 in the Memphis market.”