QuikTrip continues to build new Generation 3 stores, but what happens to the buildings it abandons?
Morrie Sheets and Wink Hartman Sr. see opportunity.
As the two continue to expand their Jimmy’s Egg reach, Sheets says it makes sense to find former QuikTrip sites.
Thursday morning, they closed on a deal to buy the former QuikTrip at 1320 W. Central in El Dorado.
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“It actually lays out perfect,” Sheets says of converting it to a 131-seat Jimmy’s.
“In fact, we’re looking at several other QuikTrip buildings to purchase right now.”
The two will have another Wichita Jimmy’s Egg to announce next month. That will make their eighth.
Their sixth Jimmy’s will open on Jan. 10 at Central and Webb.
The El Dorado Jimmy’s will open in March.
Sheets says El Dorado residents regularly come to Wichita just to eat at Jimmy’s.
“It’s a very, very fast food town,” he says of El Dorado.
Sheets is beginning to hire for El Dorado. He says Jimmy’s cooks make more than cooks at a lot of places, so there’s not much turnover.
He says Jimmy’s waiters make great tips, though he’s not sure why the money seems to be more than at a lot of other restaurants.
“I don’t know. People are more generous in the mornings.”
Sheets and Hartman are trying to open three new Jimmy’s restaurants a year.
Future sites of interest include Derby, Newton and Hutchinson.
Sheets says he and Hartman were close to a deal at the former Braum’s in Derby but couldn’t get as many years on their lease as they needed.
“We just couldn’t get our numbers to work.”
Sheets says they’d still like to be in Derby, but it won’t happen quickly.
“Quite frankly, my plate’s going to be full.”