After an absence of many years, Burger King is returning to Clinton.

Construction began this week at a location on S.C. 72, bordering the shopping center that houses Bi-Lo, occupying an area between Hwys. 72 and 56. The Burger King will be down the street from Sonic Drive-In, across the parking lot from CVS Pharmacy and across the street from Dempsey’s Pizza.

Burger King once occupied the Clinton location of Japan Diner, about a quarter-mile away.

The new Burger King is targeting a grand opening by summer’s end.