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Burger King Gordon Drive

The former Burger King at 4243 Gordon Drive is shown Monday. The fast-food restaurant, Sioux City's first Burger King when it opened in 1975, has closed. The staff has relocated to a new Burger King that opened Monday in the Pilot Travel Center at 2815 Singing Hills Blvd.

A Burger King opened Monday inside the Sioux City Pilot Travel Center at 2815 Singing Hills Blvd.

The move followed the closure of the Burger King at 4243 Gordon Drive. The fast-food restaurant at Stone Avenue was Sioux City's first Burger King when it opened in 1975, said Shennen Saltzman, who is the local franchisee.

Saltzman said traffic on that portion of Gordon Drive had slowed in more recent years, prompting the move to the Pilot Travel Center, at the Singing Hills Boulevard exit for Interstate 29.

"We just thought it would be a good opportunity," he said of the truck stop, which opened in 2012 on a seven-acre site.

BKs remain at 90 Pierce St., 1724 Hamilton Blvd. and 4225 South Lakeport St. in Sioux City, as well as at 2000 Cornhusker Drive in South Sioux City.

Saltzman said the Pilot Travel Center BK will have expanded hours. Employing 34 full- and part-time workers, it will initially be open from 5 a.m. to midnight, and will turn into a 24-hour per day operation in the spring, he said.

The Pilot center features a 12,500-square-foot structure that houses a convenience store and a Subway.

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J, operates more than 550 Pilot and Flying J stops around the country.

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