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Burger King and Auto Body Shop Close on Palm Avenue

The two businesses closures come amidst changes being made on other parts of the street.

The Home of the Whopper is no longer in Imperial Beach.

Burger King at 1180 Palm Avenue shut its doors about two weeks ago.

The restaurant's corporate offices could did not respond for comment.

Signs and kitchen equipment have all been removed. The only evidence left that it used to be a Burger King (beyond the building's blue and red color scheme) are piles of paint on the ledge of windows that used to bear advertisements for food specials.

Two blocks away at 989 Palm Avenue, Precision Auto Body & Collision also closed. Its owners could not be reached for contact but construction workers renovating the building next to said a new auto body business may move in within the next month.

The two businesses closed amidst changes currently taking place on State Route 75 or Palm Avenue. The Miracle Shopping Center, which was established in the late 1940s, may be demolished by the end of the year. Approval of demolition . Goodwill, which was the last business to leave the shopping center, moved into the shopping center across the street in mid July.

Further down at the city's 13th Street border, and the American Legion is going through the final stages to create a new four-story building to house a new hall for Legion members and 30 affordable housing units for seniors and veterans.

Just over the border, the city's Redevelopment Agency is in negotiations with the city of San Diego and the Port of San Diego to agree upon , a plot of untouched land between the two cities.

The Facade Improvement program, sponsored by the city's Redevelopment Agency, have redesigned storefronts up and down the street. Up next is on State Route 75 near 7th Street.

Aaron September 07, 2011 at 05:27 AM
First, Pan Am TKD has already been refreshed with a new façade. Second, I'm not terribly sad to see BK go. The employees barely spoke english and nearly never got orders correct.
Jim Gardner September 07, 2011 at 06:08 PM
That was the dirtiest Burger King I've ever been in. I stopped going years ago.
shelly reddell September 07, 2011 at 06:24 PM
thank god! bring in In & Out!
Kay Kardian September 07, 2011 at 07:53 PM
I really hope the city that new businesses will be coming into IB..Whenever I look at the Miracle Shopping Center it looks like our city is not progressing, kinda like a ghost town. Its just sad looking. The city rushed these people out now it just sits.
Ed Sorrels September 07, 2011 at 07:56 PM
For sure bring in in and out! That burger king was a mess.
Amy Desbien September 08, 2011 at 12:44 AM
We need a Wendys. Or how about an Arbys. Bringing a Sav-A-Lot back to Imperial Beach would be a great addition to the neighborhood! I know there are several others in the community who would like to have one close by again.
Joyce September 08, 2011 at 06:25 AM
I would love to see Sav-A-Lot return to IB too. Goodwill's new location is too small, this might be bigger.
Ed Sorrels September 08, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Super Idea about Sav-a-lot, I sure hope that they can afford a place when the 9th. and Palm shopping center is re-built, They were an asset to the city !
Marcus Boyd September 08, 2011 at 05:42 PM
According to Humberto of Precision Foreign Car Service, located just up the street from the now defunct BK, employees were told one week before closing that the restaurant was going under due to the lack of business. I'd love to see a healthier food option in IB. I also like a good In-N-Out burger, however, IB is still lacking a healthy eatery despite the 5 or 6 new food businesses that have opened recently. How about 'A World of Curry' or something unique, tasty, and healthy? We need another fast food joint as much as we need another pizza joint, pharmacy or liquor store.
Dick Pilgrim September 09, 2011 at 08:56 PM
How about getting a food truck rally at the BK parking lot one of these evenings? It is big enough to accommodate several trucks.

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