Zoning board rejects plan for 24-hour Whataburger drive-thru in Greenville

Whataburger's special permit rejected
Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 1:20 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 3:44 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Plans for a Whataburger in Greenville hit a snag last week.

Greenville’s Board of Zoning Appeals rejected the restaurant’s special permit request to operate a 24-hour drive-thru at their proposed new location at the intersection of Laurens Road and Lindsay Avenue.

The development code allows for drive-thrus to operate after midnight if they fit the standards of the property, but the board said they found the drive-thru location would not be compatible with the surrounding land.

“A drive-thru use with late night hours is generally considered to be incompatible near single-family residential uses,” the board wrote.

They said “clustering” of activity during late-night hours could have a negative impact on the neighborhood and create a public nuisance.

Whataburger released the following statement to FOX Carolina News regarding the decision:

“We are continuing to work with our city partners and are confident we will be able to serve up Goodness 24/7 in Greenville.”

Stay with FOX Carolina for updates on this developing story.