MARSHALL TWP. — Township officials have confirmed a Dairy Queen is planned along Michigan Avenue, occupying a vacant site formerly home to Burger King.
A precise construction timeline for the DQ Grill & Chill restaurant at 15998 W. Michigan Ave. has yet to be finalized, according to franchisee Todd Haidous. He previously informed township officials construction would take approximately 90 to 120 days from start to finish.
“Once we gather all of our permits in line, we can tell from there,” Haidous said via email Wednesday.
The Marshall Township Planning Commission unanimously approved a special use permit and site plan for the restaurant April 5. The facility will include a drive-thru.
“Marshall Township is pleased to have a vacant building refurbished and put back into a viable commercial property,” township Zoning Administrator Paul Anderson said. “Today’s Dairy Queen is more than an ice cream store, and the township looks forward to its opening.”
Anderson said the Burger King site has been vacant since before his arrival in 2017.
Dairy Queen, which specializes in soft-serve ice cream and fast food, currently has more than 7,000 locations spanning the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries. The first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois, in 1940.
The Marshall Township restaurant will join nearby Dairy Queen locations in Battle Creek, Charlotte and Coldwater. There are 157 Dairy Queen locations in Michigan, according to the company’s website.
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