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1/18/2012 6:00:00 AM
Construction begins on new Carl's Jr. location on Stockton Hill Road
JC AMBERLYN/MinerWorkers prepare an area off of Stockton Hill Road for the foundation of a new Carlís Jr. restaurant.

Workers prepare an area off of Stockton Hill Road for the foundation of a new Carlís Jr. restaurant.

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Work is progressing on the site of a future Carl's Jr. restaurant being built on Stockton Hill Road.

Gary Jeppson, director of development services, said Carl's Jr. officials picked up building permits last week. They were also prepared to hand over a check for around $25,000 for impact fees, which the city returned because impact fees were discontinued at the beginning of this year.

Jeppson said a 3,300 square-foot building is planned for the site.

The property was previously owned by Walmart. Jeppson said the Carl's Jr. has been planned at the location for more than a year, but that officials for both companies were working out property line adjustments during that time. Walmart had previously planned a gas station for the site but the groundwork for that was never installed, Jeppson said.

The area of Stockton Hill Road from Beverly Avenue to Airway Avenue is notoriously congested, especially at peak drive times, but Jeppson said city officials will monitor potential problems and address traffic concerns as they arise.

There's no word when the restaurant will be ready for business. A message left with the corporate Carl's Jr. office was not returned Tuesday.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article comment by: Susan Smith

All it is is another fast foot joint and you call that 'growing' the area? Are you crazy?

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012
Article comment by: daffy duck

How stupid is this ???? I dont' care what fast food place goes up , as long as it's away from stockton hill rd.......Come on !!! There is a sign that says "caution, accident area" , already. Would that have detered them from building on the most busiest road in Kingman ??? NOOOO. If its at all possible I try and avoid Stockton hill Rd as much as I can. It's like traffic in Florida for cryin out loud !!! Stupid stupid stupid .

Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012
Article comment by: what ??

What? we have 2 dennys? I only know of one?

I know we have 4 subways, 3 mc-ds, 2 taco bells, 2

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Jeppson, The Time to Do Something About Traffic is In The Permit Review Process, Not After

Mr Jeppson needs to go as well. As head of the community development department he should have solutions to traffic problems before construction begins.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: What about a grocery store on Hualapai Moutain Road

Bank Street, okay but what about anything on Hualapai Mountain Road?

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: BAN SHR

See "Virtual Coyote's post - he/she has a great idea, so simple and it would really help. Connect the parking lots from one business to the other. I myself do not (generally) go onto SHR on my lunch hour because I would need two hours. The comment about the drive thru at Del Taco is right on too. Maybe if we all try to avoid SHR for lunch they (the powers that be) would stop building businesses there.

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I have ate at Carl's Jr.s food nice, but price wise Burger King, Mcdonalds beats them hands down, I don't see them getting rich here with a down economy my best guess is wise folks will buy economically, unwise folks will spend themselves into bankruptcy! I think who ever is investing in this new burger joint is going to loose money in the long run, if one wants fine dining they don't go to burger joints! I guess a good indicator is to wage the company's stocks and see them either rise or fall which is the final judgment on who is doing well in business when it comes to these huge franchises!

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Mielke

this town is so dam stupid lets see how much more crap they can put in a two block area ,let alone a real restaurant ,but the good ol boys are in control and makin this town a dump

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: nnp nnp

Ahhhhhhh, just what we neeeeed here in Kingman, another fat food joint.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Brian jones

The thing is that it is not the big Carl's Jr corp that makes the decision to put the resturant here, its the franchisee that makes the decision, I bet dollars to donuts this is the same franchisee that owns the other Carl's Jr. and as soon as the new is going, the old one will close.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Let's think out of THE BOX

Okay, My vote is for an Olive Garden. I know restuarant companies look at the local resident population to determine where to open a buisness, but do they look at the sales from vistors/tourist passing through??? I bet 80 percent of the sales from IN & OUT and Cracker Barrel are from non residents of Kingman. Why are we trying to just make do and not grow. We don't have to become California, but what about improving the city.Do people not try to make themselves better in some way? Hey Kingman, Let's try to evolve with the times. Clean up yards, empty lots, down town, etc...And add a nice restuarant or two, and not SUPER SIZE!!! I could go on all day about this city.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: M B

Why does everyone sound like the city is the one that is opening businesses?
Oh yes people are brain washed in to thinking that the government should do all things for people!
The city loves new businesses because of more revenue will come in and the reason Stockton hill is becoming so crowded is because the city is growing very fast with new people moving in.
The bigger city becomes expect more crime as well.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Fine with me .

Please learn from Del Taco and do not make the drive thru like that! It is a mess to get out of there. What were they thinking?

Carl's Jr has pretty good hamburgers like Burger King and In and Out.

I wish there was an Olive Garden or TGIF's.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: PIZZLE PIZZLE

I don't think they'll get any more business than they would have if they'd built on Bank Street. They probably paid a lot more for the property on Stockton Hill as well. Dumb.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: R .

@ Sara M

Because nobody is interested in throwing money into building a brand new building on a road that doesn't have the exposure that Stockton Hill Rd has. One thing many businesses will do is build near a McDonalds because McDonalds goes to great lengths and spends mighty dollars in determining where a location will succeed. If they build a McDonalds on Bank street, expect that many businesses will soon follow...but Bank is a nothing street so don't expect squat!

And for the final time people, Kingman and the city officials don't open restaurants and businesses here, corporations do! Before we get off on how Kingman needs an Olive Garden etc etc etc, understand that you need to contact Olive Gardens corporate offices and ask them why they don't open one here, stop asking the city of Kingman!

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Talking Tina

What this town needs is a Black Bear Diner not another Carl's Jr.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Desert Angel

I guess we need 2 Carls Jr's. We have 3 McDonalds' right now and 3 Subways, 2 Taco Bells' and 2 Dennys'. Why oh why can't they build something out closer to the airport?
Why is everything bottled in at Stockton Hill? There is so much more room down by the new Safeway than near the freeway at Stockton Hill Road. I agree, we need a Weinerschnitzel more than any other fast food establishment.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Simple explaination

Car'ls Jr is a large corporation that can easily fill all the greedy politicians hands to get a location anywhere they want in this town.

Can you blame Carls?..They have been watching McDonalds end up with three locations within a few miles tow o which you can throw a stone between. With all the Fast food dollars wasted in our lazy town. Id want a location between two Micky D's as well.

Its all about money folks. The Politicians will agree to anything that puts a buck in the coffer they have control over. The People's traffic problems..What traffic problems?

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Virtual Coyote

Two points:

1) The city can't make businesses go where the business doesn't want to go. The best they can do is encourage, but if an Olive Garden has no interest in building at a particular location then the city cannot make them build there. If a business has no interest in Kingman the city can't make them have interest... Best they can do is encourage. Carls built there because that is the spot they wanted, it's that simple. Bookstore? Health Food? Same thing, whoever wants the spot the most and is willing to pay for it wins.

2) Kingman's lack of foresight and planning - Stockton Rd... It may already be too late to really fix it but the first thing that needs to be done is connect the parking lots and improve traffic flow - and take it OFF of Stockton wherever possible. It's nuts that you have to use Stockton to get to the lot next door...

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Swanson

If they serve bacon, it is needed.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Sara M

Can anyone tell me why they are cramming more businesses in on Stockton Hill while Bank Street sits empty with its streetlights and sidewalks? Not only more fast food but another duplicate of something we already have in town. I vote for Weinerschnitzel. But then again, we have two McDonalds right across from each other, two Dennyís. This town has what 3 Subways? Two Sonics? Two Taco Bellís?

I am all for new business to come to Kingman but why donít they build on Bank or Northern? There isnít one fast food place after Gordon and nearly a dozen overlapping in one spot. Ridiculous.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: ba haha

I think its nice to have a carl's jr. more in town cause I hate going downtown for that and wendy's. But It definitley does not need to go there. Can't it be maybe by the new safeway. Alot of land over there and no fast food around other then Sonic.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Love Stockton Hill Road

This is a great idea. With the traffic congestion on Stockton Hill Road, a person can get lunch at Taco Bell, and by the time they finally near the Wal-Mart entrance, it will be time for dinner. This way, no one will starve while waiting in traffic.

This has to be better than the Del Taco drive thru. I used that once, only once. I ended up celebrating several birthdays while waiting to get back out into traffic.

More Stockton Hill jokes? Okay. I mailed a friends birthday card to him on the morning of his birthday. As things turned out, I was able to attend his birthday party that night. When I finally got through the traffic and arrived at his house, the card was delivered several day earlier by the mailman.

More? The Donner party got through the Sierra Nevada mountains faster than one can drive Stockton Hill Road between the old Safeway and Smiths.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: J L

Why don't you just close off Stockton Hill Road in front of Wal-Mart? It's so congested right now and now a Carl's Jr. is being built? There is soooooo much property in Kingman. It's really something else that the city lets businesses build in that one square area. Kind of wierd.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: John Armstrong

First, it is good to see Kingman adding another new business to provide much needed jobs and tax revenue.

Second, it would have been better if the new restaurant was an Applebee's, Red Lobster or Olive Garden. There are already about 4 burger joints within walking distance of Wal-Mart. (2 McD's, In & Out and Del Taco-yes they have burgers.)

Lastly, I hope and pray that the owner and/or manager of Carl's Jr. hires adults (25+ old) instead of teens. Especially hire veterans and the disabled.

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