Burger King hits stumbling block

Fast food chain Burger King’s efforts to set up a mobile outlet at University Drive, Black Rock, St Michael, has hit a snag.

The Town & Country Planning department has issued a stop notice on the grounds that no permission has been given for the structure to be erected.

When Barbados TODAY visited the site Thursday the sign was nowhere in sight.

The Burger King mobile outlet being set up on University Drive.

However, General Manager of Restaurant Associates (Barbados) Limited, the local franchise holder of the Burger King brand, Ryan Walters, confirmed the development, but said an application would be filed with Town & Country Planning by next Friday.

“They had given us notice that we need to do an application based on what we are proposing to do at the facility. So that is what we are going to do, actually make an application for whatever development we are doing there,” Walters said.

The mobile grab-and-go site, which is almost complete, is expected to be ready in a matter of weeks, pending the approval, and Walters said he did not foresee any challenges.

The international fast food chain officially started operations in Barbados in January 2013 at SkyMall in Haggatt Hall, St Michael.

It has since added outlets in The City, Warrens and Sheraton Mall, and now boasts five locations.

28 Responses to Burger King hits stumbling block

  1. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry July 21, 2017 at 1:26 am

    No Burger King please

    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler July 21, 2017 at 3:58 am

      Why not? I don’t think the people getting jobs would be that negative.

  2. Kathy Griffith
    Kathy Griffith July 21, 2017 at 2:10 am


  3. Vylna Agnes George
    Vylna Agnes George July 21, 2017 at 2:44 am

    None of my business, but how do you erect the structure then apply for permission to do so?!! X

  4. Noelle Slinky
    Noelle Slinky July 21, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I’m going to watch and see if this will go the way of…anyone else remember McDonald’s?

    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler July 21, 2017 at 3:57 am

      McDonald’s tried twice and failed. Burger King has five locations and seem to be doing well. Chefette must be getting scared

  5. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler July 21, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Times change. Can’t be a monopoly forever

  6. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne July 21, 2017 at 4:08 am

    If it’s a mobile grab an go, why are they building a structure?? Food vans don’t have seating structures??

  7. Angela Payne
    Angela Payne July 21, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Burger King…no no no! I dont even eat at them in the UK!

  8. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips July 21, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Stupse…burger king need to leave the side walk fuh de poor people…dem trying to duck rent or what…dem aint even shame…dem come from overseas to set up shops on the side walk to compete with the small man…I really disappointed in dem…No supposed overseas business should be given licence to vend on the side of the road…Bajans already doing that….stupse

    • Celly July 21, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Totally agree with you on this. There must be allowances made for roadside food. micro businesses. Cud dear de Williams have so many other business ventures, can’t they leave this one to the small man.

  9. Hyacinth Mayers
    Hyacinth Mayers July 21, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Don’t allow it … you wonder why people are getting fat why people r dying or being sick? These people wants to take over bim wid it’s crappy foods. Don’t buy from them they will soon closed down.

  10. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim July 21, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Waittttt lol aren’t you supposed to put in that application BEFORE you start up anything??.#onlyinbim

  11. Sheron Inniss July 21, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Who owns the franchise for Burger King? I am surprised at this. Makes me go hmmmmm. A business can’t survive without clients. Fast food can only kill who patronize 24/7.

  12. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 21, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Well we have adopted everything American..why not the junk food?but i think that is already adopted…lolll

  13. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 21, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I only asking…cause uh aint know..dont shoot muh…wuh is de difference between Burger King..Hyatt..and Sandals???well according to a lotta people..its all abou jobs…well aint it?

  14. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow July 21, 2017 at 6:29 am

    The house negros in power in Bim are more dangerous to existence to our people on the islands…00..they are now the conduit of misery and Massa

    • Belfast July 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      And we talking about a Third Party. The Conservatives, via the ruling parties, whichever, since independence wields the greatest power in Barbados. Massa Days done, my Mass

  15. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 21, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Looks like the good ole days of Bajans making own food going extinct.

  16. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie July 21, 2017 at 6:50 am

    We all know that stop notices don’t mean a whole lot. Remember the cement warehouse? Still operating.

  17. Michael Goddard July 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Where the Roti King is?

  18. Jea Alleyne July 21, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Some can do as they like …….. @ Lady-Stylez Pilgrim, structure first, application 2nd…… cos once its there it is unlikely to be stopped !! People use their head here and get away with MURDER !!

  19. GieB July 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Wait, Burger King come here??? It is a franchised business so isn’t it local people who are doing this not foreign entities…correct muh if I am wrong!!

  20. Belfast July 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Minister Stephen Lashley will soon make that right.

  21. Belfast July 21, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Outlaw and Disorder. Everybody in Barbados appears to be ignoring the laws of this land. From the little kid on his bicycle to the bog-up industrialist.

  22. gsmiley July 22, 2017 at 9:18 am

    So wait Bizzy just see the spot lying idle and say ‘you leh we build sain heh boy’. Clear it and start to erect?

    Man how crazy.

    I cant believe it.

  23. Greengiant July 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    A small business man ‘ Eddie ‘ has been selling home made burgers and other meat products from this area for several years, then there’s the Bar B Que hut in the hill. No Burger King please, let them go closer to the Cheffette’s and KFC’s. Why would they wish to compete against small enterprises?

  24. BajanG July 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Could someone let me know how it could occur to what I assume are the well-informed operators of a business entity to erect a structure without first seeking the permission of the Town and Country Planning Department?

    “Walters said he did not foresee any challenges.”: Is Mr. Walters so au fait with the requirements of the TCP that he can state this so confidently? Or does he simply know, based on whatever circumstances, that this is a rubber-stamping exercise?

    I love my country, but we have become a banana republic when some individuals and entities believe that they can breach laws and regulations at will, secure in the knowledge that there will be no repercussions. Much like some of the residents in housing schemes who build a second story onto their rental unit, and are then granted an amnesty when an election is around the corner. When laws are conveniently overlooked or cast aside when it suits the offenders and the enforcers, we end up in a society where lawlessness is the rule of the day. Which is unfortunately where we are.


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