ROCKINGHAM — The time between the order coming in to tear down the Burger King on East Broad Avenue and the building coming down wasn’t much longer than a trip through the drive-thru.
“They got the demo permit, picked it up yesterday morning and it’s practically on the ground now,” said Tim Combs Tuesday afternoon, inspections superintendent for the city of Rockingham. “They got on it, they sure did.”
Burger King will return, however, with a more modernized look, according to planning documents. The building will be 4,175 square feet, with seating for 99 people. Construction of the new building, approved on Monday, will cost $1,226,595, according to the permit. There was no timeline available for construction completion.
Burger King’s remodeling isn’t the only change to come along the same stretch of road.
The empty building that had long been a fixture in front of Richmond Plaza was demolished last week as well.
Originally built in 1962, the building began as the home to a J.C. Penny Auto Center, back before they had made the switch over to clothing. Other occupants of the building were First Bank, Remax, Papa John’s, and the offices of Tri City, Inc., the owner of Richmond Plaza.
Dennis Holloway, construction asset manager for Tri City, said that the company does not yet have a plan for a new building in the footprint.
“We have no clue or indication of what we’re going to do with it,” Holloway said. “It had just gotten in really bad shape, lived past its life.”
Holloway said he’s seen numerous posts on Facebook where people claim to know what will replace the building, including, among others, an Applebee’s.
“If you read Facebook, everybody has a better idea of what’s going to be there than we do,” Holloway said.
When Richmond Plaza began its revitalization in 2015, the building was left out of the plan as it was already scheduled for demolition, according to Holloway.
“It didn’t fit in,” Holloway said.
It’s not all decay and demolition, though. Broad Avenue will add the widely popular munchies spot, Cook Out, in the coming weeks, and McNair Auto Sales upgraded its location to great effect, according to Trey McNair, co-owner of the company.
McNair Auto Sales, which began in January of 2006, moved into its new location at 1026 East Broad Avenue on Sept. 1 because it gave them more space for cars. The new location allows the company to hold three to four times as many cars as the old location, according to McNair.
“Things have been going great,” McNair said. “This month has been one of our best months so far so it was the right decision to make.”
McNair said the company is getting close to doubling its sales from last September.
“There’s been a good increase of sales and people have received us well,” McNair said. “It’s just nice all around for the customers and for us as well.”
McNair Auto Sales is holding its grand opening on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be catered by Rick’s Catering, and will have a stand for Twisted Treats. There will also be a video game truck with screens on the side that will allow players to walk up and play.
The event will also include a drawing to win a cruise. Participants can register in person or online by going to the car lot’s Facebook page.
Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674.