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Perry Burger King Celebrates Grand Reopening On National Cheeseburger Day

GALLERY: Greater Durand Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting; State Representative Ben Frederick Visits

Posted by Perry Pulse at 8:14pm 9/18/18

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L to R, front: Bob Copp, Director of Operations for GPS Hospitality Detroit Metro Area; Tom Garrett, CEO and Founder of GPS Hospitality; Mike Hulder, favorite BK Perry guest; Rebecca Moggo, Assistant Manager; Julie Linton, District Leader; Melissa McClure and Sara Smith, Shift Coordinators; Ashley Schassberger and Candyce Wolsfeld, Greater Durand Area Chamber of Commerce; rear: Minion, Chad Nickels and Landon Ritchie, Perry Area Fire Rescue; Ben Frederick, State Representative; more BK family members and a fresh, juicy Whopper./Perry Pulse photo

CEO and Founder of GPS Hospitality, Tom Garrett, said the new look and feel of Burger King at the intersection of M-52 and Lansing Road is the company's new prototype; one of about forty throughout the country.  Considering the company owns and operates several hundred restaurants and there are some 8,000 Burger King restaurants in the U.S., it's a pretty special thing to have in Shiawassee County.

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The Greater Durand Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand reopening of the restaurant, whose lobby was closed for a time during renovations.  Today, the building's interior is wide open and modern feeling, and even for favorite customer, Mike Hulder, who stops in daily for a cup of coffee, the new look and feel is, in his word, "Wow!"

Among the guests at the event on Tuesday, which happened to be National Cheeseburger Day, was State Representative Ben Frederick, who joked that Hulder ought to get some kind of incentive since his classic 1957 Oldsmobile, that can frequently be seen in the parking lot, increases the property's curb appeal even more.

Both Frederick and Durand Chamber Executive Director, Candyce Wolsfeld, thanked GPS Hospitality for "doubling down," as Frederick put it, on their investment in Shiawassee County.

Garrett said Burger King, though a big brand, is more interested in being seen as a local family, and there were a lot of family members on hand for today's special event, including GPS Director of Operations for the Detroit Metro Area, Bob Copp.  Plenty of friends stopped by too, including a Minion, first responders from Perry Area Fire Rescue, Durand Chamber Board Member, Perry Pulse Publisher and 88.1 Smile FM Morning Show host, Josh Strickland, and of course, Mike.

The welcome mat is back out front at the Home of the Whopper.

All photos © 2018 Durand Now LLC

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