McAlester Burger King closes after home office says owner failed to live up to company's standards; future uncertain
The Burger King restaurant in McAlester has closed its doors, with messages painted by former employees left on the windows. (Staff photo by Glen Eller) By JAMES BEATY, senior editor
The doors are closed at the Burger King restaurant at 500 S. George Nigh Expwy. in McAlester, but there's still the possibility there could be a Burger King in the city in the future.
If there is, however, it will either be with a new franchisee running the operation or with a restaurant owned by the Burger King Corporation.
The Burger King restaurant in McAlester is among eight in Oklahoma which have closed because of an agreement with the Burger King Corporation and Alaco Foods, which is based in Edmond.
The agreement calls for Alaco Foods to relinquish ownership of the restaurants and to leave the Burger King system "due to a history of Alaco Foods' failure to meet Burger King operating standards," according to a statement from the Burger King Corporation, which is based in Miami, Fla.
"Burger King Corporation made every effort with Alaco Foods to help improve its operations," the statement reads.
"Unfortunately, the most appropriate action was Alaco Foods' exit from the Burger King System. This was necessary to honor the company's commitment to its customers and franchisees to maintain the highest levels of excellence within the Burger King system."
At the former Burger King restaurant, the windows are painted with messages, including one which asks the question "Why?"
Copies of a poem lamenting the loss of the Burger King restaurant are taped to the window.
In addition to the restaurant in McAlester, five Burger King restaurants in Oklahoma City, as well as restaurants in Chickasha and Del City, were included in the exit agreement.
Burger King is looking at options which could keep the restaurants open. More information may be available later, according to a company spokesman.
"The Burger King Corporation remains committed to its customers in the Oklahoma City area," which includes McAlester, the statement read.
Burger King also promised to work to assist any employees who were displaced by the closing in finding new jobs within the company's system, according to the statement.
Calls made to Alaco Foods for comment were not returned by press time.
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