by Bob Grawey
For years people have seen Hardee’s, a fast food burger chain, disappear from the retail landscape.
But the company is beginning to rebound, and residents can expect to see a new Hardee’s built this year in Hassan.
It will be located in the KinderCare development on 141st Avenue North between Highway 101 and Northdale Boulevard.
Hassan Town Board members approved the new fast food venture May 2.
It is phase II of the KinderCare development that was built in 2007. A future phase III addition would bring more stores into the development.
Construction is expected to begin sometime this year, and owner Tom Hoff and his representatives indicated at the town board meeting that they want to open the fast food store yet this year.
Much discussion surrounded potential traffic tie-ups on Northdale due to the expected business at Hardee’s.
It is already common for several vehicles to back up at the Northdale/141 intersection waiting for traffic to clear, especially when schools let out from both directions along 141/144.
Hardee’s representatives explained to Hassan officials that they are planning to construct double lanes exiting from the development onto Northdale. They said this would stack traffic in the parking lot rather than adding to back-ups on the street.
One thing Hardee’s did not get was a pylon sign. These are the big signs on high poles that can be seen from a great distance.
Hardee’s owners had also wanted an electronic message sign lower on the requested pylon sign in order to advertise specials, but town board members flatly refused that request, too, saying such signage was not allowed in Hassan.
Board members did allow a drive-through, however.
They also made provisions that the fast food business would fit in aesthetically with other businesses in the development through signage, building materials and landscaping.