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Burger king eyeing Inwood, W.Va., storeby

January 22, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

INWOOD, W.Va. - Whoppers may be coming to Inwood.

At their meeting Tuesday night, members of the Berkeley County Planning Commission voted to hold a public hearing dealing with plans to build a Burger King in Inwood.

No date for the hearing was set.

The fast-food restaurant would be on W.Va. 51 beside the newly constructed Waffle House.

The man who hopes to open the restaurant, who is from Hagerstown, did not return a message seeking comment Tuesday, and did not attend the planning commission meeting.

If built, Berkeley County would have three Burger Kings: one in Inwood, one in Martinsburg and one in Hedgesville.

Craig Timoney, who owns five Burger King restaurants including the one in Martinsburg, said all of the restaurants are franchises.

To own one, a franchisee-hopeful must approach the company, which is based in Miami. Demographic studies are done, and aerial photographs are taken, Timoney said.

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Factors that are taken into account on whether to build the restaurant include how far the prospective restaurant is from another Burger King, the proximity of other fast-food restaurants, population, traffic and whether public sewer and water service is available, Timoney said. Public water and sewer services are available at the Inwood site, planning commission members said.

More than 11,000 Burger Kings are open around the world, Timoney said.

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