Former Burger King building razed

  • No more shakes and fries here. The Burger King on Federal Street was razed on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Burger King on Federal Street in Greenfield was razed on Wednesday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • The Burger King was razed on Wednesday to make room for an O’€™Reilly Auto Parts store. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/10/2019 6:08:40 PM

GREENFIELD — The building that once housed a Burger King fast-food restaurant was razed this week to make way for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

Nearly 30 people lost their jobs at the end of 2017 when Burger King announced it was closing on Dec. 31. The company sited declining sales and increasing costs at the 461 Bernardston Road property. The restaurant closed when its 20-year franchise lease agreement expired.

O’Reilly’s site plan was approved by the city’s Planning Board in November 2017, but the company asked for an extension so that it could begin building this summer.

According to Greenfield Department of Planning and Development Director Eric Twarog, once a site plan is reviewed and approved, a company must begin building within a year or it has to file for an extension.

Twarog said there were no unusual requests by the Planning Board. He said the entire process was “pretty straight forward.”

“City officials are just happy that an old, empty property will be revived and not just continue to sit there,” Twarog said.

He said the company will plant some bushes and install a bike rack. While there has been talk of a possible sinkhole in the parking lot, Twarog said he wasn’t aware of one, but believes the company will repair whatever it has to on the property to make it welcoming to customers.

Keith Steward, a construction project administrator with O’Reilly, said it will be relocating from 473 Bernardston Road in the Cherry Rum Plaza to the former Burger King site just yards away.

“We’re looking forward to a slightly bigger new facility,” Steward said. “We’re hoping to start construction within a month. We have to raze the old building and then we’ll have a full building permit so we can begin.”

According to the site plan, the building will be 7,500 square feet.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269, or afritz@recorder.com.


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