Burger chain to open its second Myrtle Beach area location next week

dbryant@thesunnews.comDecember 14, 2012 

Highway 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, formerly known as Andy’s, will open its second location along the Grand Strand next week in Murrells Inlet -- and more are on the way.

The ‘50s-style restaurant will open Tuesday at 4390 U.S. 17 Bypass in the Woodside Village shopping center, which is anchored by Piggly Wiggly. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The eatery, which serves burgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks and frozen custard, opened its first location along the Grand Strand in May at Tanger Outlets off U.S. 501.

Alex Boatman, a Pawleys Island resident who is opening the Murrells Inlet location, plans to open another five to seven Highway 55 locations in Horry and Georgetown counties during the next five years. He’s eyeing the southern end of the Grand Strand, including Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach and Pawleys Island, but is also considering spots in Myrtle Beach, Conway and other areas.

The Mount Olive, N.C.-based chain, which changed its name earlier this year, has about 100 locations -- most of them in eastern North Carolina -- but is expanding with another 510 locations in development. J.R. Cottle and Christopher LaCoe, the master franchisees for South Carolina who opened the location at Tanger Outlets, aims to open 50 locations across the state.

The Murrells Inlet location has about 30 employees. Boatman has worked in the food service industry for 30 years, starting when he was 16 at Wendy’s, where he spent most of his career before venturing out as a Highway 55 franchisee.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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