Four story hotel, Burger King slated for Greensboro

By Dave Brown

For years and years, there has been a bustling business at Oconee Town Center as Home Depot served the local area. Other best-laid plans for the shopping area on Highway have lain in fallow as grass grew on the site undisturbed except for mowing.

However, much of that vacant area is about to be under construction as the Architectural Review Board unanimously agreed to the site plans of both a fast food franchise and hotel to locate to the area on Highway 44 adjacent to I-20.

Burger King and Tru by Hilton could be breaking ground in the area within 60 days, according to Planning and Zoning enforcement officer Rick Zeier.

“The site developers at Oconee Town Center have already run the water and sewer lines, as well as the storm water drainage,” said Zeier,

“I can’t issue a land disturbance permit until the soil and erosion plan is approved by the state. That could take two months.

“But they are eager to get started. They have aggressive plans of being ready for next year’s Masters.”

The fast food site is expected to be corporate owned for the time being.

Burger King is the second-largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. It was founded in 1954, and since that time, The Home of The Whopper has grown to the point of serving 11 million people each day

According to its website, with more than 425 hotels in various stages of development, Tru by Hilton has achieved the fastest-growing pipeline in the history of the hospitality industry and has captured approximately two-thirds of all growth associated within the midscale segment since it launched.

Tru by Hilton at Oconee Town Center will be four stories tall and have approximately 90 rooms,

Tru by Hilton wants to “offer a brand-new hotel experience that is vibrant, affordable and young-at-heart.”

Tru by Hilton has parameters for its properties:

  • All new-build brand, which drives the consistency of experience for guests;
  • Reimagined, enlarged lobby with 2,880 square feet of public space with areas to work, play games, eat or lounge;
  • Breakfast is reinvented with the build-your-own complimentary "Top It" breakfast bar that has 30 sweet and savory toppings so guests can create their own healthy or indulgent morning masterpieces;
  • Rooms are modern and designed to make every square foot count, with natural light from oversized windows, 55-inch TV with 150 DIRECTV channels and bright all-shower bathrooms with premium bath amenitie;s
  • National and local brand gourmet snacks and drinks - including single-serve beer and wine - are available 24/7 in the "Eat. & Sip." market located in the heart of the lobby;
  • Tech savvy hotel with mobile check-in, Digital Key, free, superfast Wi-Fi, remote printing, social media wall, lobby and market iPads, super-charging stations and accessibility to outlets everywhere;
  • A fitness center that leverages the latest fitness trends through barre, TRX bands, free weights, cardio and flexibility gear, plus guests can get workout ideas from the fitness center tablet; and
  • All the benefits of a Hilton Honors membership are available to Tru by Hilton guests.


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