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Whataburger To Open on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro

Tennesseans officially have a new “orange and white” thing to obsess over! The Whataburger drive-ins are here!

Attention, burger lovers! Whataburger is coming to Murfreesboro.

The first bright orange “W” in Murfreesboro will be at the site of the previously closed Old Chicago Pizza at 1835 Old Fort Parkway. This location is officially open as of August 29, 2022!

In addition, the company just announced a second Whataburger location in Murfreesboro, to be located at 1944 Memorial Blvd.

These two Murfreesboro locations, in addition to a Smyrna location at 360 W Sam Ridley Pkwy., will make a grand total of three Whataburger locations in Rutherford County.

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.”

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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)


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.