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Hardee’s coming to former Burger King location in Batavia

BATAVIA – Hardee’s plans to take over the former Burger King location at 107 N. Batavia Ave. in Batavia as part of its expansion into the Chicago area.

“It is a great location,” said Rick Ronald, a principal with San Francisco-based Skyline Pacific Properties. “Hardee’s will do well.”

Skyline Properties, a real estate firm, is the parent company of Skyline 83 Batavia Investors, which will lease the building to Hardee’s. Hardee’s, a St. Louis-based fast-food chain, recently announced that it plans to open 35 restaurants in the Chicago area in the next seven years.

The Burger King closed July 20 after 25 years in business. The restaurant was operated by Gill Management, which owns and operates several Burger King restaurants in the Chicago area, including one in St. Charles.

Laurie Roscoe, director of operations for Gill Management, said the Batavia restaurant was the company’s smallest volume restaurant.

Hardee’s has not yet submitted plans to city staff. Ronald said he anticipated the Hardee’s could open in 90 days.

“I’m very pleased that they are coming to Batavia,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said Tuesday. “I’m happy to have anybody that wants to invest in downtown Batavia.”

This would be the one of the first Hardee's restaurants to open in the Chicago area as part of its expansion into the Chicago area. A Hardee's was previously located in Kane County.

A Hardee’s restaurant opened in August in Bolingbrook.

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