Update: August 7, 2020
Whataburger is coming to Kansas! In an anniversary statement, the fast-food burger chain announced that it will be expanding into three new states in 2021. Joining Missouri and Tenessee (which were announced earlier) is the great state of Kanas.
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It's a good day to be a Kansas Citian! Today, San Antonio-based fast food chain Whataburger confirmed that the company is "examining the Kansas City market for its next phase of expansion". Looks like Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is finally going to get his Whataburger fix.
Whataburger Confirms Plans to Expand in Kansas City and Tennessee
James Turcotte, senior vice president of real estate for the San Antonio-based burger chain shared that the expansion is a perfect fit. "It fits our customer profile. It fits our supply networks, and we think that those markets are a good fit for us and that they line up with what we do here in Texas." The company plans on franchising restaurants, a move they have not done since the early 2000s.
"Franchising allows us to open more stores in more areas and do that faster and efficiently," Turcotte said. "That is certainly a component of our plan. As we've always done, we will continue to open a high number of corporate restaurants."
Patrick Mahomes' Wish is Coming True
I just want a store in Kansas City! https://t.co/1kjZHw5KRv
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) November 16, 2018
Before he was a Superbowl MVP, you could find Patrick Mahomes in the Tyler area and Lubbock enjoying Whataburger. The NFL star reached out to the Texas fast food brand in a tweet in 2018 asking them to bring a store to the Kansas City community.
Now two years later a 3,751-square-foot freestanding Whataburger building is being proposed for Douglas Street and St. Luke's Boulevard in Lee's Summit, just outside Kansas City according to the Kansas City Star. Whataburger officials have met with the city about the project, however, there are no specific plans at the time of writing.
Whataburger released the following statement: "We are excited to hear we have so many fans in the Kansas City community, and we have been exploring this area. At this time, we have no specific plans to announce a restaurant but will be happy to share when -- and if -- the time is right."
So when is this Texan institution coming to Kansas City? We'll be the first to share when the expansion plans are final.