Sound Off: New Business in Ellis County

Aaron White, Executive Director of the Ellis County Coalition For Economic Development told Hays Post that some Hays Logonational chains are looking at Hays and the surrounding area for expansion. Some of these businesses are looking at the area for the second time due to the increase in Hays’ retail pull factor.

What business would you like to see come to town? Tell is in the comment section below.


  • Hays Person

    Someone to compete w/ Wal-Mart… Target or Cosco…..Wal-Mart is a monopoly in this area w/ zero competition!

    • Say what?

      Why would Hays want China Ocean Shipping Co.?

      • Hays Person

        You’ve obviously never been to a Costco right?? It is American owned by the way jackA$$

        • Say what?

          You said Cosco, not Costco, numbnutz! Don’t blame me for your educational deficiencies.

          • some guy

            could it be the 25 year no competition clause that the city fathers gave walmart so they would put in a super center, oh wait thats a rumor

  • diversity

    Target, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, TGI Fridays, Old Chicago, Ruby Tuesdays, Gordman’s

  • hmmmm

    Old Navy

    • hmmmm

      Also how about a PETCO or Pet Smart.
      Hooters or Twin Peaks
      Buffalo Wild Wings (not going to happen, Salina just got one)
      Orange Leaf or Cold Stone

      • whhhhhhaaaattt?

        Salina didn’t get a BWW..

        • hmmmm

          They are bringing BBW into Salina, they are just now getting all the staff hired.

          • Horhay

            Big Beautiful Women?

          • hmmmm

            LOL ooooops BWW. There are already BBW here in hays, and salina. and some not so BBW. LOL

  • triple a


  • Hopeful for Hays

    Chipotle, Olive Garden, Souper Salad, Einstein Brothers, Cheddars. Target, Costco, Staples, A& W, Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Tuesday Mornings, Qdoba, Sam’s Club, Party City, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Kirklands, and Kohls
    just to name a few…….

    • That Guy

      Qdoba is already headed here.

      • manderspanders

        what the heck is that??

        • Hopeful for Hays

          It’s like Chipolte.

    • notyourbusinessinks

      Dollar Tree would be great, Target of course! But I’d love to see a better grocery store, like Aldi’s or Piggly Wiggly.

  • Another Hays Person

    Red Lobster, Olive Garden

  • city

    everyone already knows the answer to this: olive garden, target, old navy, kohls, chipotle, because people have been giving the city the same answers for at least 5 years.

  • just sayin

    more fast food joints and motels

  • somethin for nothin

    as far as restaurants go you can forget the likes of olive garden’s etc. hays doesn’t have the population base to keep these restaurants full every night. besides people around here want lots of junk food for little price. that’s why the golden corrals and mcdonalds thrive. ain’t gonna happen.

  • A_citizen_patriot

    I would love a cabelas too. But since they just built one in wichita, that wont happen.

  • Tshock

    Dick’s Sporting Goods but I heard Salina is getting one. Can anyone confirm that?

    • AB

      Salina is definetly getting a Dick’s Sporting goods! Not sure when it will be opened but its going in the old Sutherlands building.

  • John Basso

    Hays doesn’t have a workforce or a viable water supply to attract more businesses. Don’t forget it’s City/County Budget funding time!



  • Free Thinker

    Hooters anyone?

  • HSE

    I agree with all the food suggestions previously mentioned; anything new would be great!
    As far as shopping goes… TJ Maxx, Gordman’s, or Ross would be nice!

  • Valentino’s

    Valentino’s ! ! !
    K-Mart, Menards, Target, Hobby Lobby

  • Laura

    Target, Dollar Tree, a child’s clothing store (for variety – like Carter’s, Children’s Place, etc), Olive Garden or Red Lobster (something different).

  • Ellis resident

    Aldi would be a great addition

    • aldis fan

      a almighty yes to that I was thinking the same thing

  • Hays Resident

    I would have to say something that has more clothing for kids/teenagers(Children’s place, Old Navy Crazy 8, Hollister, American Eagle, Abercrombie.) And even a bigger store like Gordman’s, Big Lots, Hobby Lobby

    As far as places to eat: Famous Daves, Buffalo Wild Wings, Granite City… ANYTHING besides Mexican would be a great addition to Hays!

  • TLK

    Hobby Lobby … Target….Menards…..Kohls…..World Market …Olive Garden…Pet Smart

    • notyourbusinessinks

      World Market is a must have!!! The closest one is KC. That’s too far. They have amazing products and food!

      • anon

        Wichita has one by Cabela’s. Love that place!!

  • hays

    Hopefully we can get something, was just in Garden City they are getting dicks sporting goods, just opened menards, getting 10 new chain restaurants, a 35 store shopping center. Worries me as a business owner and resident of Hays

  • Loves 2 Shop

    Kohls, Target, K-Mart, Cato, Dress Barn, Carters, The Children’s place, Red Robin, Cold Stone, Aldi’s….

  • JMO

    Target would be wonderful! I agree with some previous comments, we don’t need another mexican place to eat!

  • not a Hays resident

    Target, Red Robin, Popeye’s, Hobby Lobby, Famous Dave’s,

  • Ellis-ite

    How about a Dave and Buster’s Restaurant. It’s a grown up Chuck E Cheese with REAL food, NOT just gross pizza.

    • manderspanders

      Have you been to a Dave and Buster’s? I LOVE the one at Legends in KC… BUT, and a big BUT here… too many parents treat it like a chuck e cheese – too many kids, too many LITTLE kids. IT’S A BAR! People let their kids run loose at a BAR. At any rate, Hays doesn’t have the population to support that.

  • Dale

    How about a CRACKER BARREL? Nearest ones are either in Junction City, or Park City just outside of Wichita. THAT would be a worth restaurant for Hays. As for a decent business find something in MANUFACTURING. This would bring workers, and then Hays would be able to look into bring in these others people are talking about. The oil field isnt going to last forever, and most of us arent in the medical field. Bring something to keep the talent we have HERE.

    • manderspanders

      Yea, except that then we’d be overrun with hispanics like Liberal, Dodge, and Garden… I don’t want my hometown to become like those places. And unfortunately, with that population comes more crime and drugs

      • Jan

        Wow, that was an unbelievably bigoted thing to say. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • True True

        Bigoted…yes. Unfortunately true (based on statistics) also yes.

      • NOYFB

        we already have them here


    What about a Dave and Buster’s???? It’s a grown up version of Chuck E Cheese, only they serve REAL sit down meals to eat before playing the games. And maybe a Target or Burlington Coat Factory.

  • Craft Junky

    Hobby Lobby!

  • !

    Target, Hobby Lobby, Olive Garden

  • gskeers


  • Callin’ Hays home

    Sprouts, or another grocer with healthier selections to compete with Dillon’s.

  • gskeers

    a strip joint lol

    • *****

      Already have that…. go to the “Home Party Club”

      • Scary Place

        How about one that doesn’t come with a complimentary Roofycolada.

      • NOYFB

        they closed that place

  • SLD

    Whole foods market!!

  • *****

    We wont get any “big” named places in Hays. If it’s in Salina or Dodge City it wont happen. We cant even keep schools open, instead we shove them all into as few as we can. I will be surprised if its anything decent. Probably another Burger King on the other side of Walmart.

  • manderspanders

    Ya know, I’m disappointed that the people of Hays are all about the chain restaurants… the chains have nearly driven out all of our Ma and Pa restaurants… I’d like to see the city and county do something to promote more ma and pa stores, “main street” type businesses and get away from the national chains and big box stores. There are only 2 things I’d like to see here: a QuikTrip gas station, and another grocery store to compete with Dillons/Walmart (like Aldi’s or Hyvee).

    • jenny

      i’m too broke to shop at hyvee that place is ridiculous!


      yes hyvee would be great also could compete very well with DILLIONS

    • Funny

      After saying you want to promote local business you suggest a business that would come in direct competition with one of the most successful local businesses here… cervs.

  • guest

    Buffalo Wild Wings!!!

  • guest

    Pita Pit!!

  • guest

    Another Subway our Pizza Hut on Vine Street?

    • Bob St. No-Peter

      I agree. I’d say maybe another Subway down by Southside Convenience and then one by Love’s for a total of 5 in Hays. That should about do it. And maybe a another Pizza Hut around Walmart somewhere…

      • NOYFB

        they have inside Walmart

    • NOYFB

      got two Pizza Huts and two Subways on Vine St.

  • Hays person

    Better stores in the mall, Gordman’s, Chipolte, Target, Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings!

  • Einstein

    Another WalMart out by the airport.

  • Sponge

    Businesses are reluctant to invest in communities that may literally dry up and blow away. Until we solve our water problem, slow or no growth is the best we can hope for.

  • Elvo

    More bank branches, Catholic churches and ballfields!

  • Get Real


  • some guy

    a nice pool hall


    Sam’s Club store so you don’t have to go to Salina


    Runza Hut us HUSKER fans loves Runzas farthest one is Junction City Ks.