West-side Baskin-Robbins closes for the winter due to lack of drive-through

WICHITA — The west-side Baskin-Robbins store near 21st and Maize Road has closed for the winter.

“It’s more economically feasible at this point to temporarily close it down for the winter and then reopen in the spring,” says owner David Cortez.

He’s not closing the east-side Baskin-Robbins near 21st and Webb Road. He expects business to remain strong there through the winter because 50 percent of his sales come from the store’s drive-through.

“We just don’t have a drive-through at the west store,” Cortez says. “It’s real tough because … of how it’s laid out.”

Coming into the store can be a bigger hassle in winter weather. Also, it can be difficult for parents with children in car seats.

“You’ve got a lot of soccer moms who don’t want to get out of their car,” Cortez says. “It’s very convenient to have that drive-through.”

He wants to find a way to have one.

“I’m looking at some options.”