Drive-Thru Shake Shack Coming to Alpharetta

A drive-thru Shake Shack in Alpharetta at the site of a former Burger King will be among the company's projected 35 to 40 upcoming U.S. locations
Example of a drive-thru Shake Shack | Rendering: Aria Group
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Shake Shack intends to convert a former Burger King in Alpharetta at 11780 Haynes Bridge Rd. into a drive-thru location, slated to open in late 2021.

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The new eatery will bring the total tally of Atlanta Shake Shacks to five, with existing restaurants located at the Perimeter Mall, in the Buckhead Village District, at the EDGE complex on the Beltline and within Concourse A at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The company is debuting its first drive-thru locations this year, with eight planned to open nationwide before the beginning of 2023. Thirty-five to 40 Shake Shack locations within the United States are projected to open, including these drive-thru sites, according to company CEO Randy Garutti.

Shake Shack has taken the pandemic in stride: despite the fact that the company’s revenue fell by 17 percent in the first three quarters of 2020, the value of Shake Shack’s shares rose by 36 percent in 2020. The company debuted plans for “Shack Track” stores this May, which capitalize on the curbside pickup model with drive-up and walk-up windows.

For over two decades, the building housed a Burger King with an existing drive-thru which closed last year. The building stands at a total 2,900 square feet, according to tax records. 

Representatives from Shake Shack could not be reached for comment.

Christina Coulter

Christina Coulter is an eager journalist from Connecticut with dogged tenacity and the sensibilities of a small-town reporter. Before and after graduating from Marist College in 2017, Christina covered local news for a slew of publications in the Northeast, including The Wilton Bulletin, the Millbrook Independent, The Kingston Times, The New Paltz Times and the Rockland Times. For nearly four years before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christina was the lead reporter for The Saugerties Times, living and breathing the goings-on of the 20,000-strong Hudson Valley community. Christina weathered the pandemic in Atlanta, where she got a taste for the city's people and flavors. After a brief stint covering news in Connecticut and New York once more with The Daily Voice, Christina was taken on by What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles, where she aims to unweave the intricacies of both cities' bright restaurant communities.

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