WICHITA — Freebirds World Burrito has signed a lease to open its second Wichita restaurant at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich.
This is causing PostNet to have to move, though that's not a bad thing, the owners say.
"It's a great expansion for us," says Liz Anderson, who owns PostNet with her husband, Jim.
"It's going to give us great visibility on a high-traffic road," she says of facing 21st Street.
Anderson says business people will be able to see PostNet along that street, while the restaurant will face Greenwich – and thus K-96 – which could help it.
With 1,400 square feet, the store will have about the same amount of room in its new space in a new part of the center around the corner from where it is now. It also will have a pick-up window for the first time.
"It's going to be a great thing for us," Anderson says of customers being able to drop off and pick up orders without leaving their cars.
She says Freebirds wanted her space because of her patio. The restaurant also is taking the space next to PostNet's current store for a total of about 2,500 square feet.
PostNet will close on Saturday but be back open Monday following a quick move.
"It's just been crazy," Anderson says.
Freebirds will open in October or November.
The chain’s first Wichita restaurant opened in June just south of Central on Hillside.
Regional manager Steve Perkins says business has been "fantastic."
"Couldn’t be happier," he says.
Perkins says the chain is "just putting feelers out and looking" around the city for other sites. He expects there to be three or four, including one on the west side and one in south Wichita toward Derby.
Anderson says her business is doing well also.
"We're excited to be a Wichita business growing."
She says she appreciates that local businesses do business with her store.
"I tend to keep everything local, too," Anderson says. "It's important for our community."