There is so much new Chick N Max news, it’s hard to know where to begin.
In brief: There are several new restaurants in the works along with a company headquarters in Delano and a related concept called Counter Kitchen that will open under the same roof.
“My phrase is you eat the elephant one bite at a time,” says Max Sheets, who started the concept with a silent partner.
“You just do what you need to do as it comes up . . . on each project.”
“They’re doing great,” Sheets says. “Having fun.”
Construction will start in the next week or two on the new Chick N Max going in Fox Ridge Plaza, Marv Schellenberg’s center with Petland on North Maize Road just south of 37th Street.
“It’ll be our first store to have a drive-through, and we’re really excited about that,” Sheets says. “We think that’s going to be significant.”
Going forward, he plans for every Chick N Max to have a drive-through, which is the hold-up at Twin Lakes at 21st and Amidon, where Chick N Max is going in the same building as Huddle House. Sheets says he’s waiting on a zoning variance for a drive-through.
Sheets says the North Maize Road site makes a lot of sense because “it hooks us right into Maize, and we want to be a big part of that growing northwest Wichita area.”
Sheets also plans a Chick N Max for the new Spaghetti Works District downtown, which officially breaks ground Aug. 23.
“It’s really going to be good for downtown Wichita,” Sheets says. “We’re real excited about going downtown.”
He’s also looking for a site near the airport and eyeing a couple of possible sites in south Wichita.
“There’s good opportunity over there,” says Sarah Selmon, vice president of public relations and marketing. “There’s just less competition and more demand.”
A Chick N Max should open on the south side by the first or second quarter of next year.
Read the full article by Carrie Rengers via The Wichita Eagle.
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