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Checkers coming to Goose Creek…on a truck

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Checkers coming to Goose Creek…on a truck

Checkers at North Main Street in Summerville.

Checkers is coming to Goose Creek, but it won’t be breaking any ground.

In fact, there will be little construction at all. The fast-food restaurant, which has solidified a home on Redbank Road near the Naval Weapons Station, will be brought to town on an 18-wheeler truck.

“All the equipment’s inside ready to go,” said Checkers franchisee Andy Pye. “It’s like buying a mobile home.”

The 14-foot by 52-foot fast food restaurant will be constructed at a factory in Florida. All of its amenities will be inside, including its electrical wiring, plumbing, ceiling tiles, and air conditioning. Then, it will be placed on a truck and make its way up the coast to South Carolina. Interstate passers-by will be able to see the black and white checkered restaurant riding the 18-wheeler, led by a vehicle with flashing lights.

Once it reaches the Lowcountry, a crane will lift it off the truck and plop it on the lot. Workers will then attach its drive-thru “wings,” lay the surrounding concrete, and surround the restaurant with outside benches and umbrellas.

“It’s a pretty simplistic system,” Pye said.

This is standard practice for the Checkers and Rally’s fast-food chain. The drive-thru restaurants are smaller than their competitors since they only have outdoor seating. Their size affords them mobility when they need to pack up and move, and saves them from demolishing restaurants when they relocate.

“It helps us to utilize smaller lots than the competition can use,” said Pye who started with the company in 1998. “The beauty is it can be relocated down the road where it needs to be. Instead of having to demolish a building, you can find another site and have it moved to another site.”

The fast food menu features burgers and fries, classic wings, hot dogs and milkshakes. It already has locations in North Charleston and Summerville. Pye, who lives in North Augusta, said Goose Creek seemed like the natural fit.

“Charleston is such a good market,” Pye said. “I’ve always wanted to be near the naval base. A lot of our customer base is there.”

The restaurant intends to employ 25-30 people. Pye said they’re still waiting on the county to approve the permit. Construction takes about 45 to 60 days after the building is in place.