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With Krystal expanding to NC this summer, could Fayetteville be next?

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An iconic Southern fast-food chain plans to open its first store in North Carolina this summer.

Restaurant Krystal has announced that its foray into the Tar Heel State will be a location inside a Circle K supermarket in Wilson, according to Business Wire.

The Tennessee-founded chain operates 179 locations in nine other states, with the majority in Georgia and Tennessee, according to the company’s website.

Here’s what you need to know about the popular chain and its potential for a Fayetteville location.

What is Crystal?

Krystal was founded in 1932 by business partners Rody Davenport Jr. and J. Glenn Sherrill. It started in a single 10-by-24-foot building in Chatanooga, Tennessee. According to the company’s website, the name is meant to evoke a sense of cleanliness.

The first order at the restaurant was for six Krystal burgers and a cup of coffee, a total of 35 cents. Since then, the chain has sold more than 10 billion of its signature square slider burgers, which some have compared to Kansas-founded burger chain White Castle.

Krystal burgers are served on a steamed bun and topped with diced onions, mustard and a slice of dill pickle. Make it a “cheese Krystal” by adding a slice of American.

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Over the years, household names like Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan have ordered Krystal burgers. In 2007, world-famous competitive eater Joey Chestnut broke a world record by eating 103 Krystal burgers in 8 minutes.

The menu contains more than just sliders. Krystal serves breakfast, chicken sliders, fries, stuffed tater tots, milkshakes and glazed donuts.

Many of the locations are open 24/7.

What are the plans for the Wilson Krystal?

According to Business Wire, the Wilson location is expected to “debut the brand’s new C-store design” inside a Circle K supermarket.

How about a Krystal in Fayetteville?

With the first North Carolina location opening this summer, Fayetteville could emerge as a potential prospect for a future Krystal.

If the restaurant continues to partner with Circle K convenience stores, the Fayetteville market could be ripe with opportunity. The city is already home to 20 Circle K stores, with at least one more under construction.

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Many Krystal locations are located along highways and busy commercial corridors. Fayetteville’s proximity to Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 401 and high-traffic areas such as Skibo Road and around Cross Creek Mall, Ramsey Street and “Restaurant Row” along McPherson Church Road could make it an attractive option for Krystal.

Despite the possible draw of the ‘Ville, Krystal stans shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet. The burger chain has indicated no plans to expand into Fayetteville.

Where is Krystal closest to Fayetteville?

Until Wilson Restaurant opens, Cupboard Krystal is almost a four-hour drive from downtown Fayetteville, located in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Food, dining and culture reporter Taylor Shook can be reached at [email protected] or on Facebook. Would you like weekly food news in your inbox? Sign up for the Fayetteville Foodies newsletter.