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Owner: Qdoba work underway, tentative opening date set

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Crews spent most of this week tearing down the building and ripping up the parking lot

By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT
Hays Post

“Construction, finally!” That is, according to Eric Estes President of Pratt-based Estes Enterprises, the next step in the process in bringing Qdoba to Hays.

Crews began tearing down the building that housed Discount Liquor and Mattress America on Tuesday, and Estes, the Qdoba franchise owner, said warmer temperatures have allowed crews to begin the construction process.

Estes said the new building will be a “strip center —  a Qdoba Mexican Grill Retail Plaza.” Both Discount Liquor and Mattress America are expected to return to occupy the other two spaces in the plaza.

The building will sit in the middle of the property with the restaurant facing to the north.

Estes said Long John Silver’s is going to open its parking lot to make one large parking area, and there will be parking in front of the center as well.

Once debris from the existing parking lot is pulled up and hauled away Estes said crews will run utilities to the location — and the building can go up.

“The quick part,” Estes said. “It’s the infrastructure that takes the longest.”

Estes estimated the project will take at least six months to complete, and he said he is looking at a September opening, although that schedule remains tentative.

Estes Enterprises opened a Qdoba Mexican Grill in Hutchinson in June and owns a number of fast-food restaurants in Kansas.

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  • Can’t wait

    Looks like I have until September to reinforce my home’s sewer system to handle my Qdobian side affects.

  • precious

    You can get supper, a drink and someplace to sleep all in the same complex….isn’t that just precious!

  • JR

    Sure am glad “precious and can’t wait” don’t have anything to do with economic development in town.

  • Uneasy

    And what restaraunts will this take out? Taco grande? El dos?… I’m scared of more places closibg.

    • Chief59

      Qdoba is nothing like any restaurant we have in Hays. It is more of a fast food restaurant than sit down. They primarily do build it yourself burritos. The only place Qdoba comes close to affecting is Taco Bell, and even they are different enough to be fine.

      • chief69

        Just corporate greet! I’m sure they will not provide health insurance to eighty percent of employees and will use GMO foods. Time for labor unions at fast food hays, right, chief?

        • Chief59

          Let’s just take any innocuous comment posted by a commenter with opposing political views, and use it as an opportunity to talk trash. You are a prime example of what is dividing our country. There is no middle ground, only “my side is right, and anything said by ANYONE is bad”. Quit being a child, it’s a post on f’n fast food.