Hot 'n Now Hamburgers - Sturgis MI

Address: 609 S Centerville Rd
City: Sturgis
State: MI
Zip: 49091
County: St. Joseph
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General Information:

The Hot 'n Now chain is now down to one outlet left open, which is in Sturgis. I will use this post to collect all I can find on these outlets. I have used a list Bobby Peacock compiled as the starting point. I grabbed street views of every one that had a remnant of something left.

From Wikipedia:

Hot 'n Now is an American fast-food restaurant based in Holt, Michigan. Founded in 1984, the chain once grew to more than 150 locations throughout the United States at its peak. Subsequently, under the ownership of PepsiCo, the chain filed for bankruptcy in 2004, and was then sold to STEN Corporation. As of September 9, 2016, only the Sturgis, Michigan location remains in operation. The majority of the chain's locations focused entirely on drive-thru service, featuring a small-footprint building with a tall, slanted roof style. Some previous locations were more traditional fast-food locations, complete with seating, and others were combined with gas stations.

Hot 'n Now was founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1984 by William Van Domelen. Van Domelen had opened the first Michigan Wendy's restaurants and was a franchisee of Burger Chef in Southwest Michigan.

By 1990, the chain operated more than 100 stores in 15 different states, having grown due to the success of its simplistic operation and 39 cent price for burgers, fries, and soda - substantially less than what competitors charged. That same year, it was acquired by PepsiCo, which placed operations under its Taco Bell unit. Van Domelen resigned from the company soon after the sale.

The company began making changes to the chain's concept that frustrated the franchisees, starting in 1992 with the menu. Hot 'n Now President Don Pierce left the company in 1993. Support to franchisees declined soon thereafter. Hot 'n Now was treated as a test brand. In the first quarter 1995, the company closed 80 corporate owned stores with the expectation to sell all the corporate owned locations to franchisees or licensees.

Richard Loehr, an automobile dealership owner, purchased a franchise for Broward County, Florida, in January 1990. By the end of 1995, Loehr had five locations, but he wanted out. Hot 'n Now would not buy his locations after initially showing interest and blocked any sale to other parties. After 1993 profits for Loehr's locations dropped. Loehr laid off all 300 employees and closed his six locations by March 1995. On March 16, 1995, Loehr filed a lawsuit against Taco Bell. The case went to trial in December 1998.

Taco Bell sold Hot 'n Now to a Connecticut company in 1996. By 2002, the company was based in Holt, Michigan, with 53 locations. The company closed a handful of locations. The company started an El Toro-branded Mexican menu to be co-located with Hot 'n Now; two such locations opened in January 2002.

In October 2003, Proquest Capital Corporation acquired Hot 'n Now assets and some liabilities from Hot 'n Now, LLC. Proquest was soon renamed to Hot Brands, Inc. At the time of acquisition, the chain had 44 locations (23 corporate and 21 franchisee owned), in three states: Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

In 2004, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was then sold to STEN Corporation, which also owns the Burger Time chain. Burger Time was sold to BTND, LLC, which owns the Hot 'n Now name.

One of the last two locations, which was in Bay City, Michigan suffered a fire on September 5, 2016. Only the Sturgis, Michigan, location now remains, though Hot 'n Now's popular Olive Burger and cheesy tots are still on the menu at the Bay City location, now known as Burger 81.

The chain briefly used the characters from Mad magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" in its advertising.

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Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Photo From Web Listing For Sturgis Location (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Adrian - 1415 Us-223 (newer photo)
Adrian - 1415 Us-223 (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Battle Creek - 1395 Capital Ave Ne (newer photo)
Battle Creek - 1395 Capital Ave Ne (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Battle Creek - 1600 W Columbia Ave (newer photo)
Battle Creek - 1600 W Columbia Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Bay City - 3900 Wilder Rd (newer photo)
Bay City - 3900 Wilder Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Benton Harbor - 1075 E Napier Ave (newer photo)
Benton Harbor - 1075 E Napier Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Big Rapids - 226 Perry St (newer photo)
Big Rapids - 226 Perry St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Burton - 1096 E Bristol Rd (newer photo)
Burton - 1096 E Bristol Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Cadillac - 1212 N Mitchell (newer photo)
Cadillac - 1212 N Mitchell (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Charlotte - 640 Lansing St (newer photo)
Charlotte - 640 Lansing St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Clio - 4140 W Vienna Rd (newer photo)
Clio - 4140 W Vienna Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Comstock Park - 4201 Alpine Ave Nw (newer photo)
Comstock Park - 4201 Alpine Ave Nw (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Flint - 1940 Dort Hwy (newer photo)
Flint - 1940 Dort Hwy (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Flint - 3001 Clio Rd (newer photo)
Flint - 3001 Clio Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Grand Rapids - 2910 Eastern Ave Se (newer photo)
Grand Rapids - 2910 Eastern Ave Se (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Grand Rapids - 4050 Plainfield Ave (newer photo)
Grand Rapids - 4050 Plainfield Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Grand Rapids - 820 Michigan St Ne (newer photo)
Grand Rapids - 820 Michigan St Ne (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Greenville - 901 N Lafayette St (newer photo)
Greenville - 901 N Lafayette St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Holland - 144 Douglas Ave (newer photo)
Holland - 144 Douglas Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Holland - 554 E 8Th St (newer photo)
Holland - 554 E 8Th St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Holt - 1850 Cedar St (newer photo)
Holt - 1850 Cedar St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Jackson - 1184 N West St (newer photo)
Jackson - 1184 N West St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Jackson - 2550 Airport Rd (newer photo)
Jackson - 2550 Airport Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Jackson - 3212 E Michigan (newer photo)
Jackson - 3212 E Michigan (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Jenison - 243 Church St (newer photo)
Jenison - 243 Church St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Kalamazoo - 1560 Drake Rd (newer photo)
Kalamazoo - 1560 Drake Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Kalamazoo - 2325 S Sprinkle Rd (newer photo)
Kalamazoo - 2325 S Sprinkle Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Kalamazoo - 3904 S Westnedge (newer photo)
Kalamazoo - 3904 S Westnedge (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Kalamazoo - 575 E Michigan Ave (newer photo)
Kalamazoo - 575 E Michigan Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Kentwood - 4860 S Division St (newer photo)
Kentwood - 4860 S Division St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Lansing - 1245 N Larch St (newer photo)
Lansing - 1245 N Larch St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Lansing - 3110 M-99 (newer photo)
Lansing - 3110 M-99 (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Lansing - 327 S Waverly Rd (newer photo)
Lansing - 327 S Waverly Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Lansing - 5620 Cedar St (newer photo)
Lansing - 5620 Cedar St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Lapeer - 880 S Main St (newer photo)
Lapeer - 880 S Main St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Midland - 2111 S Saginaw Rd (newer photo)
Midland - 2111 S Saginaw Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Monroe - 808 N Telegraph (newer photo)
Monroe - 808 N Telegraph (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Mt Pleasant - 1501 Old Us 27 (newer photo)
Mt Pleasant - 1501 Old Us 27 (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Muskegon - 1785 Creston (newer photo)
Muskegon - 1785 Creston (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Muskegon - 2315 Apple Ave (newer photo)
Muskegon - 2315 Apple Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Muskegon - 954 W Sherman St (newer photo)
Muskegon - 954 W Sherman St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Muskegon Heights - 2701 Getty St (newer photo)
Muskegon Heights - 2701 Getty St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - New Baltimore - 29610 M-29 (newer photo)
New Baltimore - 29610 M-29 (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Niles - 1244 M-51 (newer photo)
Niles - 1244 M-51 (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Owosso - 1700 E Main St (newer photo)
Owosso - 1700 E Main St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Paw Paw - 813 M-40 (newer photo)
Paw Paw - 813 M-40 (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Plainwell - 1255 M-89 (newer photo)
Plainwell - 1255 M-89 (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Pontiac - 780 N Perry St (newer photo)
Pontiac - 780 N Perry St (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Roseville - 27951 Gratiot Ave (newer photo)
Roseville - 27951 Gratiot Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Saginaw - 1508 N Michigan Ave (newer photo)
Saginaw - 1508 N Michigan Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Saginaw - 3588 Bay Rd (newer photo)
Saginaw - 3588 Bay Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - South Haven - 1151 Phoenix Ave (newer photo)
South Haven - 1151 Phoenix Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Taylor - 26715 Eureka Rd (newer photo)
Taylor - 26715 Eureka Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Traverse City - 1370 W South Airport Rd (newer photo)
Traverse City - 1370 W South Airport Rd (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Waterford - 4683 Dixie Hwy (newer photo)
Waterford - 4683 Dixie Hwy (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Wyoming - 2101 28Th St Sw (newer photo)
Wyoming - 2101 28Th St Sw (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Ypsilanti - 2300 Washtenaw Ave (newer photo)
Ypsilanti - 2300 Washtenaw Ave (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Feb 1996 Raleigh Firm Gives Up (newer photo)
Feb 1996 Raleigh Firm Gives Up (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Apr 26 1995 Article On Sale By Pepsi (newer photo)
Apr 26 1995 Article On Sale By Pepsi (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Aug 4 1993 Article (newer photo)
Aug 4 1993 Article (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Dec 1990 Pepsi Buys Them (newer photo)
Dec 1990 Pepsi Buys Them (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - July 21 2018 Article (newer photo)
July 21 2018 Article (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - June 11 1997 Hot N Now Is Hot (newer photo)
June 11 1997 Hot N Now Is Hot (newer photo)
Hot n Now Hamburgers - Oct 1993 Expansion To Salem (newer photo)
Oct 1993 Expansion To Salem (newer photo)
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