Good news for fast food fans! Whataburger is adding several locations in Tennessee. The chain, which got its start in Texas, is continuing to expand into the state. In fact, it’ll open nine new spots. One spot is in a highly anticipated Nashville location.
One location will be the first Whataburger in middle Tennessee. Construction is set to begin at 5055 Old Hickory Blvd. in Hermitage. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on August 3rd and the restaurant should open before the end of 2021.
Beth McDaniels, president of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, recently expressed her excitement for the new Whataburger.
“We’re proud to welcome Whataburger to the community and celebrate the groundbreaking of their new restaurant, right here in Hermitage,” she said in a statement.
Here are the nine new locations:
- 5055 Old Hickory Blvd., Hermitage (Opens late 2021)
- 1131 Nashville Pike, Gallatin (Opens early 2022)
- 450 TN-109, Lebanon, (Opens mid 2022)
- 1835 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro (Opens mid 2022)
- 1715 Gallatin Pike N, Madison, (Opens mid 2022)
- 621 S Cumberland St., Lebanon, (Opens mid 2022)
- 400 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna, (Opens mid 2022)
- 2606 – 2608 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, (Opens late 2022)
- 11190 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet, (Opens late 2022)
The Tennessean even posted a handy map of the new locations to their Instagram.
“the Texans living in Nashville (aka me) are screaming rn,” one person wrote.
The Texas chain is eyeing the middle Tennessee market as it continues to expand. What started out as a Texan restaurant has turned into 850 locations across 14 different states, and fans of the restaurant certainly aren’t complaining.
Of course, many still want more Whataburgers in their towns, but with the way the restaurant has expanded, that’s not impossible.
Whataburger Gave Employees A Huge Bonus Last Year
The company is already looking for managers for the new location. Other positions will become available this November. The nine stores should be great for mid-Tennessee’s economy. In total, they should add about 1300 new jobs by the end of next year when the final of the nine restaurants open.
And Whataburger recently made the news for treating its employees well. The company gave out over $90 million in bonuses to employees in 2020 after what the chain described as “an incredibly hard year.” The company, which refers to its employees as Family Members, wanted to give back after the tumultuous time that 2020 was.
“We wanted to help ensure that our family members and their families were taken care of and thank them for continuing to go the extra mile to serve our guests with great Pride, Care, and Love. Our Family Members and guests are the foundation of our success, and we are grateful for both,” Whataburger CEO Ed Nelson said in a statement.
So if you’re in Tennessee, a new tasty chain may be coming to a location near you.