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It’s been over 20 years since Burger King opened their restaurant at 1180 Palm Avenue. Recently, though, all the Burger King logos were stripped off the building, and the restaurant's appliances and equipment were removed.

The closure was unexpected news to many Burger King customers who have been seen pulling up to the restaurant. A would-be patron pulling up to the drive-through window on September 2 commented, “I was just here last week and everything was fine. Now I’ll have to get on the freeway to find my son his favorite burger.”

Nearby business owners weren’t surprised: some said the restaurant hadn’t been doing well and that there had been rumors the restaurant would close and an apartment complex would be built on the site. A realtor at nearby Hutchins Reality said the restaurant may be getting a remodel.

“It is doubtful they would put up an apartment complex in a business district,” said the realtor, but he agreed that it was strange that no signs of explanation were posted on the building.

Phone calls to the restaurant franchisee and Burger King corporate headquarters went unanswered.

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ironcross Oct. 19, 2011 @ 3:27 p.m.

The building is now for lease. When I went there while it was open. One of the employee's was running to the ARCO across the street buying alcohol for minors. Right before it closed.

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Visduh Oct. 19, 2011 @ 4:35 p.m.

Isn't it odd how many seemingly solid and steady businesses are abruptly closing? One day it is there and running just about as it always had, next day it is shuttered and the signage is removed. This is often the case with fast fooderies, but has also been the case with other sorts of retail. And nobody is talking. Must be the aliens among us--meaning those from other worlds.

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ironcross Oct. 23, 2011 @ 1:02 a.m.

Yup, there is always that hidden agenda and it will always be there. I'm going to try again to get a hold of someone from Burger King Corporate and or 3G Capital which bought Burger King for 3.3 Billion last year.

I'm curious of the cause of closure. I find it odd that a place like BK to just get up and walk away in 24 hours. To be honest. It was the fastest closure I've seen in the City of Imperial Beach in my 20 years living here.

Unlike other businesses that gained mainstream media attention IE: The strip mall at 9th and Palm. Which in my opinion should be a I.B. landmark. I grew up here and went to school at Oneonta Elementary School which had a book called "The History of Imperial Beach". From this book, that mall has not changed structurally speaking. Yes the city needs some sort of 'face-lift' but it doesn't need to imitate say Coronado, East-Lake Chula Vista...

Also kind of miss that onion ring sauce. :D

But it will take us. WE THE PEOPLE to do something about the changes in our city. But that is a whole other animal to discuss. Especially when the city is looking to spend over $180,000.00 to install one (1) cross walk on Imperial Beach Blvd behind of Mar Vista High... If I recall correctly from a counsel meeting that said the proposed crosswalk would be like the one located at 1300 Ebony Ave. Which I think was a waste of money for that one alone.

As one can see; it has made the lanes narrow, the curb-sides collect large amounts of trash, wear and tear on our vehicles, let alone the gas wasted going that route, and people whom don't know about it have hit it at 35-40MPH.

If anyone here wishes to help find answers why our Burger King vanished. Here is contacts of the people who 'should' know why.

-Miguel Piedra -Michelle Miguelez -Denise Wilson Email: MediaInquiries@Whopper.com Phone: (305) 378-7277

Best of luck.

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