WICHITA — Panda Express now confirms what Have You Heard? first reported was a possibility in September.
The national chain is making its first foray into the Wichita market with four to six restaurants in the next two to three years.
"We'd love to open our first one this year — two if we can," says Susan Flesher, the chain's senior regional real estate manager.
The company, based in Rosemead, Calif., has 1,300 sites serving Chinese food in a fast-casual style nationally.
Flesher compares Panda Express' format to Chipotle, where diners first select a starch — steamed or fried rice or chow mein — and vegetables followed by two to three entrees.