A difficult economy isn’t slowing the expansion of Jimmy’s Egg, and that’s good news for Wichitans who live or work in the South West Street area.
Whitney VinZant and his partners, including Wink Hartman Sr., plan to open in the Tacos Lopez space at 220 S. West St. this fall after an extensive renovation.
“This will be our fourth location in under one year,” VinZant says. “You won’t find too many companies that are as aggressive as we are right now.”
The chain opened its first Wichita location late last year at 21st and Rock and recently opened at Central and Tyler. There are plans for a third location at Harry and Rock.
“I love the West Street location,” VinZant says. “The traffic and the surrounding businesses, especially to the south with a lot of industrial and construction jobs, those types of people are our best customers.”
There are ongoing street improvements in the area that should be complete by the time the restaurant opens.
“It’s just kind of exciting to see that corridor (get) redeveloped,” says Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate. Saville handled the transaction and also is the managing member of BKS LLC, which owns the building.
VinZant now plans six to eight Jimmy’s Egg locations in the greater Wichita area, which is up from his original estimate — at least the one he stated publicly. VinZant always thought the area could support more.
“The demand for our concept in the marketplace is such that it’s allowing us to meet the benchmarks we set out,” he says. “As long as we continue to meet our benchmarks, we’ll continue to build.”