Attention, burger lovers! Whataburger is coming to Rutherford County, according to a post on the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

The first bright orange “W” in Murfreesboro will be at the site of the previously closed Old Chicago Pizza on Old Fort Parkway. The company plans to hire more than 200 employees in Nashville in 2021, and a total of more than 1,300 by year-end 2022 as they open more locations in the area, including the Murfreesboro site.

It's official: Whataburger is headed to Murfreesboro

As you may recall, a petition urging Whataburger to locate in Middle Tennessee circulated in 2019 and more than 6,600 persons inked their name to the list.In February the Texas-based chain announced a new restaurant on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage will be the chain's first restaurant in the Nashville area since the 1970s. The company plans to open additional locations in Tennessee in 2022, including Gallatin and Mt. Juliet.

Whataburger is a family business, and in 1967 those roots grew stronger when the founder, Harmon Dobson, died in a tragic airplane crash. Offers to purchase the company poured in to his wife, Grace. But she was determined to honor her husband, who expressed in his will “a desire that the business which I have created shall be preserved and continued if at all possible and feasible.”

She rose to the challenge, becoming chair of a newly formed board of directors, and was directly involved in the operations of the growing chain until Tom, Harmon and Grace’s son, took the helm in 1993. Yes, Whataburger’s 820 restaurants in 10 states remain family-owned and operated.

“At Whataburger, we believe a great customer experience starts with an exceptional employee experience, which is why we’re looking for caring leaders who can motivate and reward teams,” said Pam Nemec, Senior Vice President Human Resources and Brand Culture, on the Whataburger website. “We compensate well and have a robust training program to teach needed skills. Even without restaurant experience, leaders can succeed at Whataburger with the right attitude and leadership ability.”

Visit whataburger.com for more information.

The nine new restaurant locations are:

  • 5055 Old Hickory Blvd., Hermitage, Tenn. (open late 2021)
  • 1131 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tenn. (open early 2022)
  • 1835 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (open mid 2022)
  • 450 TN-109, Lebanon, Tenn. (open mid 2022)
  • 1715 Gallatin Pike N, Madison, Tenn. (open mid 2022)
  • 400 Sam Ridley Pkwy., Smyrna, Tenn. (open mid 2022)
  • 621 S Cumberland St., Lebanon, Tenn. (open mid 2022)
  • 11190 Lebanon Rd., Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (open late 2022)
  • 2606 - 2608 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, Tenn. (open late 2022)