Whataburger sets opening date for first South Carolina restaurant

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Texas-based national burger chain Whataburger has revealed when it will open its first South Carolina restaurant.

Located in Boiling Springs at 3647 Boiling Springs Road, the new Whataburger will open July 15, according to a news release, marking the brand’s first South Carolina location — with several more to follow in the Palmetto State.

In 1950, Whataburger began offering the now iconic five-inch burger from a storefront in Corpus Christi, Texas, the release stated. The homegrown restaurant has expanded 74 years later to more than 1,000 locations across its 15-state footprint.

The Boiling Springs location is Whataburger’s first restaurant in the state of South Carolina and marks the company’s entry into its 16th state, which the company has dubbed “Sweet 16,” the release stated.

“Bringing Whataburger to South Carolina is a dream come true for me. As a native son, I’ve always known that our state’s rich culture and warm hospitality would be the perfect match for Whataburger’s tradition of bold flavors and extraordinary service,” Whataburger President and CEO Ed Nelson said in the release. “Opening our doors here feels like a homecoming, and I’m thrilled to share the Whataburger experience with my fellow South Carolinians.”

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Nine additional locations are set to open across the Palmetto State before the end of 2024:

  • July 29: 1466 Woodruff Road, Greenville
  • Summer: 1185 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, 29063
  • Late summer: 308 W Butler Drive, Mauldin
  • Late summer: 2900 Main St., Anderson
  • Fall: 202 Bridgeberry Lane, Columbia
  • Fall: 1941 E Main St., Spartanburg
  • Fall: 1510 WO. Ezell Blvd., Spartanburg
  • Fall: 888 S. Lake Drive, Lexington

To celebrate South Carolina’s first Whataburger, the Boiling Springs location will offer gift baskets — including free Whataburger for a Year — to the first four people in its drive-thru lane on Monday, July 15, starting at 11 a.m., according to the release. It will also offer gift packs to the next 350 people and host a party in the parking lot for everyone able to attend the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment at the grand opening party will include Whataburger-themed games with prizes, a face-painting station, photo booth, and a Kona shaved ice truck.

The location will initially only be open for drive-thru service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dining room service, Whataburger app delivery, curbside and 3rd party app delivery service to be added in the coming weeks.

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