WICHITA — At long last, the west side is getting its own Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches restaurant.
"We wish we had a location on the west open two years ago," says franchisee Matt Brane.
He's president of Bushwood Investments, a partnership of three Wichitans who own 29 Jimmy John's restaurants in Kansas and Texas.
So far, the group has three Jimmy John's here, including two North Rock Road sites and one just north of Central and Hillside.
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Now, the group has a contract on space next to Applebee's on 21st Street just west of Maize Road. The deal hasn't closed yet, but it's expected to soon, and the new restaurant should be open by late spring.
Finding west-side space has been a challenge, Brane says, but not due to a lack of space.
"There's tons of in-line space available on the west side," he says. "We're selective about where we go."
Brane says, "Our mission is to develop Class A real estate with freestanding drive-through locations. Those are more difficult to find."
The Central and Hillside Jimmy John's and the one at 340 N. Rock Road have drive-throughs. The one at 3300 N. Rock Road does not.
Brane says his group is looking for another west-side site for a second restaurant there along with one downtown. Nothing is close yet.
The west-side Jimmy John's site isn't the only real estate deal Bushwood Investments has been working on.