WICHITA — Andover residents often wish for more restaurants in their backyard, and Panera Bread is tops on that list for some.
Is there a chance it’ll happen?
“I suspect it’ll be as soon as they have a daytime population,” says Panera franchisee Randy Simon.
Simon says a Panera needs to see 800 people a day “in order to be economical at all.”
“If you go into areas that don’t have much daytime population, it is very difficult to try to survive.”
The problem with Andover, Simon says, is so many residents drive to Wichita for work.
“We do 85 percent of our business between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” Simon says.
Andover residents shouldn’t give up hope, though.
“I continue to talk to people out there,” Simon says.
Simon is working with his Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers partners — his brother, Bill, and Scott Redler — on two new Kansas City area restaurants.