Burger King Sues City for Menards Decision

The fast food joint claims the city’s decision was favored toward Menards and detrimental to the survival of the business.

After at the end of 2011, the home improvement store’s eastern neighbor, , has sued the city.

According to , Burger King alleges that the city gave “custom” approvals to Menards that wouldn’t have been available to all and the resulting new superstore would be detrimental to the business.

at a Dec. 13, 2011 Richfield City Council public hearing to approve the store plat—which immediately followed the approval of a conditional use permit. Reps also presented a proposal to move the restaurant to the northwest corner of the property. However, that it had attempted to strike that very deal with the restaurant, but it fell through for financial reasons and plans moved ahead.

Burger King reps threatened legal action if the measures were passed that December night, however, it was a little too late as far as the council was concerned. The final plat approval was passed unanimously.

Currently, Stark said that the mediation process is underway, but felt the city would come out on top.

“We all feel pretty good about our chances in the lawsuit, but we’ll see what happens,” Stark said. “We took photos. You couldn’t see the restaurant before [from Nicollet Avenue], and you won’t see it after. No change.”

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doug April 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
They should put the BK inside Menards!!!!
Caitlin Burgess April 29, 2012 at 04:27 PM
That's funny. All problems would've been solved. Unfortunately, it's too late!
Mike E September 07, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Any insight in to Burger King closing?
Caitlin Burgess September 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hey there! I got no comment from owners, but here's the most recent story. Just posted: http://patch.com/A-xCT3
Dan Mc September 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I used to work for Menards & I think that eventually they will buy the property. The one driving force behind all business decisions is money. Eventually the property owners will realize that Menards is the only entity that will buy that property. If Menards can get a good deal on it (which eventually, they will) They'll probably put up some cold storage or lumber buildings there. Menards has demonstrated through their history that they don't mind stepping on people. That being said I still am in favor of the development because I like to shop there. I think the only hope for a restauraunt to open at the Burger king location is to market itself to the Menards Employees. Many menards store employees don't have cars or drivers licenses. Even those who do generally shop locally for food on their breaks.


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