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Burger King plans to open in former Hardee's building in Harvard

Fast-food chain aims to renovate, take over former Hardee's

Burger King plans to open at 301 S. Division St. by early October in Harvard.
Burger King plans to open at 301 S. Division St. by early October in Harvard.

Hardee’s might not be coming back to Harvard anytime soon, but the former restaurant’s property shouldn’t sit vacant for much longer.

Burger King plans to renovate and open in the space, officials announced this week.

The fast-food burger joint plans to open at 301 S. Division St. by early October, Harvard Mayor Michael Kelly said.

“Statny Foods Inc. contacted the city in the fall of 2017 in pursuit of the property,” Kelly said in a statement. “The city has been networking with the franchisee until they were able to secure the property. The company closed on the property a couple of weeks ago and submitted their application for building permits [Tuesday].”

Statny Foods also owns Burger King restaurants in Carpentersville, Elgin and Sycamore, Kelly said.

The restaurant will bring between 40 and 50 jobs to Harvard.

“Those will be a mixture of part-time and full-time employees,” Kelly said. “Applicants for manager positions can start applying within a few days. A sign will be posted on the property for application information. The company will start accepting applications for regular employees near the end of July.”

Burger King was founded in 1954 and has 7,211 locations throughout the U.S., including 302 Illinois restaurants, eight of which are in McHenry County, and more internationally.

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