JUST IN: Burger King to open 4 more Dayton-area locations

— A Dayton-area Burger King franchisee is planning to add four more restaurants in the region over the next 12 to 18 months, starting with a new location in Clayton.

Matt Carpenter, CEO of TOMS King Services based in Palatine, Illinois, said he is very bullish on the Dayton-area market — and that’s why his company is significantly expanding its franchise footprint in the region. TOMS King owns and operates more than 100 Burger King restaurants across Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, making it one of the 10 largest Burger King franchisees in the country.

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Carpenter confirmed to this news outlet that his company has signed a lease to build a new restaurant at 7151 Hoke Road in Clayton. If all goes well with with permits and other regulatory requirements, the new restaurant will be under construction by mid-summer, and is scheduled to open before the end of the year, the TOMS King CEO said. The City of Clayton Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a request for architecture and landscape review of the project on Monday, May 21. The new store will create 45 to 50 new jobs, about half of them full-time.

Another three to four new Burger King restaurants are in various stages of planning and development in the Dayton region, Carpenter said. TOMS King is still negotiating leases and other details of the new stores, and Carpenter declined to disclose their locations.

TOMS King isn’t the only Burger King franchisee in the Dayton area, but it is growing quickly. The company opened a new restaurant at 9189 Dayton-Lebanon Pike (Ohio 48) in Washington Twp. south of Centerville in March, and just a month later, opened a newly built restaurant at 60 S. Broad St. in Fairborn.

“We’re excited about the Dayton market,” Carpenter said. “We think it is under-served.”

The Dayton area’s municipalities and townships and chambers of commerce are more business-friendly than many other markets TOMS King operates in, Carpenter said. “Some places make it pretty difficult to do business,” he said.

The Dayton area’s real-estate and leasing prices are comparatively inexpensive, and its employment environment is strong, the franchisee company CEO said.

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