Whataburger Gallatin

Whataburger is seeking approval to build a restaurant on Nashville Pike across from Walmart in Gallatin.

Whataburger is planning to build its first Sumner County location in Gallatin, a spokesperson for the company confirmed last week.

On Monday, the Gallatin Planning Commission approved plans submitted by the popular burger chain to build a 3,751-square-foot restaurant on 1.28 acres located at 1123 Nashville Pike next to Fifth Third Bank and directly across from Walmart.

“This is one of the more modern Whataburgers that is the latest prototype,” Assistant City Planner Josh King told members during a work session earlier this month about the design of the proposed restaurant.

While a spokesperson for Whataburger confirmed in an email to the Gallatin News on May 20 that company will indeed be “bringing our iconic burgers and exceptional customer service to Gallatin,” they declined to comment further about specific plans for the location.

The San Antonio-based company announced its return to Tennessee last year with a restaurant on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage, which is expected to open later this fall.

According to an online job listing posted in late October, Whataburger was also looking to hire a general manager in Gallatin in addition to Lebanon, Madison and Murfreesboro.

“We’re always excited to hear we have so many fans across the country, and we are looking to open restaurants in Tennessee, Kansas City and our existing markets as part of future expansion plans,” Whataburger Senior Vice President of Real Estate James Turcotte said in a prepared statement about the company’s expansion plans last summer.

Founded in 1950, Whataburger has more than 830 restaurants across 10 states. The company employs 45,000 workers and boasts more than $2 billion in sales annually.

According to development plans for the Gallatin location, construction of the restaurant is estimated to begin in August and would be completed in February 2022.