Whataburger breaks ground in Southaven

Gina Butkovich
Memphis Commercial Appeal
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Whataburger, a fast food chain headquartered in Texas, broke ground on its first location in Southaven on Monday.

The restaurant will be located off of Getwell Rd., next to the Chick-Fil-A, and is scheduled to open in early 2022.

Mayor Darren Musselwhite and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie King both spoke at the event and talked about their excitement to work with Whataburger.

“You have a lot of people here to support you,” King said to the Whataburger representatives. “And the biggest would be our local mayor.”

Musselwhite took the first bite of a Whataburger burger at the event.

Mayor Darren Musselwhite takes the first bite of a Whataburger burger at the groundbreaking in Southhaven on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The first Whataburger in DeSoto County will open in early 2022.

“My favorite statement that any of our citizens have ever said to me, they said to me ‘hey mayor you’ve done some good things but if you can just bring a Whataburger here, you will go down in the mayor’s hall of fame,’” Musselwhite said.

Whataburger representatives say that they will bring more than 100 jobs to the area and are already hiring restaurant managers and hope to start hiring team leaders and team members in mid-January. 

“We’re bringing at least 140 jobs and we also make a big deal of supporting the community, in general,” Lacey Pinkerton, Whataburger Field Marketing Manager, said. “So besides, you know, employing so many people, we also invest in non-profits, in different education foundations, and that kind of thing. So we’re bringing our whole Whataburger vision to Southaven."

Mayor Darren Musselwhite and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie King pose for photos with Whataburger representatives and Chamber of Commerce ambassadors at the groundbreaking in Southaven on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

The Getwell Road location is the first of two Whataburger spots set to open in Southaven. The second one will be located on Goodman & Airways and will open in mid-2022.

“It’s always good when your citizens have new options on things they enjoy,” Musselwhite said. “Obviously, people love Whataburger and so to have two locations in Southaven is just going to bring more joy to our citizens.”

When asked about the critique that Whataburger is only good in Texas, Pinkerton laughed.

“I think it’ll hold up,” she said. “We bring the Texas with us when we go into new places.”

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