Fast food outlet's closure deepens Broadway blues

Another Broadway business is leaving the troubled street, with a store that has been there since the 1990s shutting down next month.

Burger King on Broadway Ave will close on May 4.

The store has been part of the Downtown complex since the 1990s, when the shopping complex completed a multi-million dollar expansion.

In a statement, a Burger King spokeswoman said there were no immediate plans to open another store.

"Burger King is continually assessing sites for restaurant suitability and, as part of our business expansion strategy, will look to open larger format stores featuring the latest in fit-outs and technology."

The closure comes after multiple new burger restaurants opened in Palmerston North in the past two years, including the first Carl's Jr outside of Auckland.

Burger King is left with two stores in Palmerston North - one on Fitzherbert St and another on Rangitikei St, which opened last year.

Staff had been offered jobs at other restaurants but it was not yet clear how many would take up the offer.

Downtown management did not return requests for comment.

Burger King's closure is the latest in a long list of business to leave Broadway in the past few years.

Once the golden retail strip of the city, Broadway has been losing shops consistently since Farmers moved to The Plaza in March 2010.

While some businesses have moved to the street, there are more empty stores now than before Farmers left.

Burger King's closure will be followed by clothing store Ocean and Ice, which moves to The Square at the end of May.

Moves are afoot to make the street more attractive for businesses, with a Palmerston North City Council- supported project that rates stores' engagement with the public the most recent.

Manawatu Standard