Carrie Rengers

Dairy Queen location closing after almost a quarter-century

Almost a quarter century after opening the Westlink Dairy Queen at the northeast corner of Central and Westlink, Charlie and Margie Dixon are closing it.
Almost a quarter century after opening the Westlink Dairy Queen at the northeast corner of Central and Westlink, Charlie and Margie Dixon are closing it. The Wichita Eagle

UPDATED – Almost a quarter-century after opening the Westlink Dairy Queen at the northeast corner of Central and Westlink, Charlie and Margie Dixon are closing it.

“It’s time to toss in the towel,” Charlie Dixon says. “We’re both approaching 70 this year.”

They have been in business for 24 years.

“We built it up from when we first started,” Dixon says. “It’s gone through cycles.”

That included the widening of Central.

“So that gave us a trying time.”

Overall, he says it’s been a good business.

“We’ve had a pretty … good growth record.”

For someone else to take over the franchise, Dixon says there would need to be a major upgrade to the DQ Grill & Chill concept.

Instead, the landlord has found another restaurant to move into the space. Look for details on that soon.

The Westlink Dairy Queen’s last day in business is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25, though it could close slightly before that.

“We’ve got a lot of things to do to get our equipment out,” Dixon says.

He says he doesn’t think he’ll have an auction. The restaurant moving to his space may take some of the equipment, and other Dairy Queens in the area may take some as well.

Dixon jokes about becoming a Wal-Mart greeter next, but the real plan for him and his wife is “to enjoy our future.”

He says they’re also thankful for their years at the restaurant and the patronage of their longtime customers.

Dixon says the restaurant has been “kind of like a neighborhood bar” where customers – especially some older ones – would come to hang out.

“We’ve gone through deaths, marriages, births – everything,” he says.

“They have become not only customers but real friends. This will be what we’ll miss most.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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