UPDATE: Macon could soon be home to QuikTrip but not Whataburger

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UPDATE (Monday, January 25) – A spokesperson from Halpern Enterprises, the company seeking a conditional use permit for land on Mercer University Drive near I-475, tells us QuikTrip is indeed planned for the property but Whataburger is not.

“The Whataburger was an oversight by our engineers on the application,” Brad Oppenheimer with Halpern Enterprises said by email Saturday after being reached for comment. “The intention was to just use a quick service restaurant to be Demonstrative of the type of use that will likely go on that portion. We have signed a lease with Quiktrip. They are beginning their due diligence process, and have yet to fully commit.”


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Plans included on the agenda for Monday’s Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning hearing show renderings of a Whataburger restaurant and a QuikTrip gas station and convenience store in west Macon.

A conditional use permit application, submitted by Brad Oppenheimer with Halpern Enterprises, asks for conceptual approval of a “restaurant with drive-thru, self-storage facility, and platting prior to site plan approval, and final site plan approval of a C-store with fuel and alcohol package to go.”

Plans for the mixed-use development, which would be located on Mercer University Drive in a space between I-475 and Tucker Valley Road adjacent to the existing RaceWay gas station and convenience store, include a 3,500 square foot restaurant with a drive-thru and 41 parking spaces, a self-storage facility and a convenience store with 16 fuel pumps and 48 parking spaces.

Renderings of a restaurant in the application feature Whataburger branding and renders of the convenience store feature QuikTrip branding.

We’ve reached out to Halpern Enterprises for confirmation on the proposed plans and are waiting to hear back.

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