Prime Site For More Fast Food


The most visible blighted corner in all of Payson has finally found a buyer.

Crews earlier this week started tearing down the old restaurant at the intersection of Highways 87 and 260 to make way for a Carl’s Jr. restaurant.


Crews started tearing down a long-vacant restaurant this week.

The building, which was once a Bob’s Big Boy and then a Chinese restaurant, has sat empty for the better part of the last decade.

On the Roundup’s Facebook page, 60 people expressed disappointment that the most prominent piece of real estate in town will host a fast food joint and not a sit-down family restaurant.

“Junk food junction! Way to go!” commented one reader.

“Just what Payson needs, another fast food joint. What’s next: Another dollar store or thrift store?” another person commented.

Many people had believed Panda Express was moving into the space.

“I think anything is better than an old abandoned building. Panda Express would have been better, but Carl’s is OK,” one person posted.

The beige, tile-roofed building caught the attention of a few business owners over the years, but most walked away saying the asking price was too high, said LaRon Garrett with the Town of Payson.

Area Boy Scouts cleaned up the easement around the property to maintain some curb appeal, but most saw the restaurant as a lost opportunity, taking up space on the most heavily trafficked corner in town.

Then six weeks ago, representatives with Carl’s Jr. came to the town with a plan to tear the building down.

The town issued a demolition permit and crews quickly went to work tearing apart the old building. Garrett said the town has not received design plans for the new space, but expects to receive them from Carl’s Jr. in the next week or so. The town will then determine if they meet all commercial building codes.

Garrett said they likely could have remodeled the building, but thanks to the 1970s construction probably saved money by tearing it down rather than bringing it up up to code. Construction should then take a few months.


Pat Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

Why would the town give anyone a permit to demolish a building if they did not have the final design plans approved to build something else there or at least say they bought the property as an investment and would decide later what to put there? Things are getting crazier and crazier with the town depts. Who will be doing the fire code inspections if they build a building? Who will approve the final design?


Meria Heller 3 years, 3 months ago

More junk food - just what that corner doesn't need. However it's good to see that old eye-sore gone.


Pat Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

Seems there was a string on here about the FFA students cleaning the lot off during school hours. I had stopped and asked them if they were HS students and was told yes, FFA members. Nothing was mentioned at the time about Boy Scouts


Pat Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

Is that corner really a good place for any kind of eating place or any business? That is a very dangerous intersection because the state will not put up signs stating no right turn on red light. There are not enough lanes for the traffic. I use the intersection quite often and cannot tell you how many times I have had to stop or swerve out of the way to keep from being hit by someone turning right on a red light. Unless you are traveling n. and turn right on to 260 look out. Tourist not knowing how the traffic goes will have a hard time. The people living here don't know how to drive at the intersection. It is also hard to get out of the parking lot at that corner. The signs cost $90.00 each which I offered to pay for at a meeting that was held at the library a few years ago. ADOT and Payson say they don't need the signs no one has been killed there yet.


H. Wm. Rhea III 3 years, 3 months ago

I agree that that corner is not a good one for fast food traffic, but then again, someone once told me the rent for that spot was $10,000. per month, and it seems that in Payson only fast food on that corner is going to generate the income to pay the freight, so to speak.

I would really like to see a Chick-fil-A and a Golden Corral come to town - just not on that corner. Perhaps down by the theater, there is some open land right there and it's kind of a restaurant row already.

What I'd like to see on that corner is a way to get from Basha's parking lot into the AZSCU parking lot without having to go out on the streets to do it.


Pat Randall 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Mr. Rhea, If they were charging $10,000 a month lease there would probably be a toll charge to use a way to get to Basha's.


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