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West Vancouver White Spot set to close after nearly 70 years in business

White Spot has been serving up Legendary burgers and Pirate Paks at Park Royal since 1955
The Park Royal White Spot has been at its current location since 2014. | Google Earth

If you’ll miss the family dining atmosphere provided by the White Spot at Park Royal Shopping Centre, you’d better head down for a goodbye burger soon.

On Sunday, March 17, the restaurant will serve diners in West Vancouver for the last time since 1955, when a White Spot opened on the corner of Marine Drive and Taylor Way at the newly-built mall.

That location operated for nearly 60 years, before moving next door to the old McDonalds site in Park Royal South in 2014.

White Spot is leaving West Van at the end of its lease, says Dina Moffett, director of operations for the restaurant chain.

“We have cherished serving our guests over the decades, being part of the Park Royal community, and are honoured to be part of many memorable moments,” she said.

“White Spot shared the disappointing news with the team members early in December and will be working to try to place as many as possible in other White Spot locations in the Lower Mainland,” Moffett said. “We will also be doing what we can to support those who will be retiring or moving on to new opportunities.”

At the Taylor Way location, the restaurant enjoyed high visibility, easy access, ample parking and a busy drive-in out back, she said. White Spot shuffled to its new home in Park Royal as the mall underwent a years-long facelift. There, it served up Legendary burgers with Triple O sauce and Pirate Paks for a decade before deciding not to renew its lease.

“At this time we have not found a suitable location in West Vancouver but are always looking for great sites and opportunities,” Moffett said.

For those not ready to say goodbye, there are three White Spot locations in North Vancouver: Norgate, Central Lonsdale and Park and Tilford.