Burger King Proto Maricopa
This rendering shows the Burger King's new prototype building proposed for Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. The rendering is conceptual and may change during the approval process with this city or as Burger King Corp. tweaks the look. [Barnett Management Co.]

Construction will begin this year on Maricopa’s second Burger King restaurant.

“(We will) break ground on the second Burger King by year end,” said Tom Barnett, who owns the franchise on John Wayne Parkway and 52 other Burger Kings across the state.

Four years after Burger King opened in Edison Pointe, Barnett is moving forward on a second location – along Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

Barnett Management Co. of Avondale, the family-owned and operated company that opened its first Burger King in Maricopa in 2018, will build a restaurant of about 3,200 square feet at The Wells. It will sit next to the Maricopa Kids’ Dentists & Orthodontists practice.

Preliminary plans for the restaurant have been filed with the city. Barnett said via text that the project has been delayed due to difficulty in permitting in the current market and soaring construction costs.

According to a project narrative filed with the city by Barnett’s architect, the building would be placed on the west part of the site, with a dual drive thru to the north and parking to the east.

Pending any changes, Barnett will build Burger King’s new prototype restaurant.

Barnett also will bring a new chicken restaurant, Slim Chickens, to The Wells.