A fourth Whataburger appears to be making its way to Overland Park.
This time, the Texas-based fast food chain is aiming to locate a new franchise near the Bluhawk shopping center in the southern part of the city.
A 256,00-square-foot amateur sports complex is set to be built nearby.
Whataburger would be joining a handful of other chain restaurants currently located in the developing area, including Panera, Freddy’s and Jersey Mike’s.
The San Antonio-based hamburger chain is planning an aggressive expansion throughout the Kansas City metro, spurred on, in part, by the public advocacy of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a Texas native.
An application for a third prospective location at 115th Street and Nall Avenue has been submitted and is awaiting city approval.
The application for the franchise at Bluhawk will require planning commission approval like the other locations before it.
The new restaurant at Bluhawk would be one of the 30 new Whataburger locations the company says it wants to add in Kansas and Missouri over the next seven years.
“Expanding to Kansas and Missouri is a win for Whataburger and our fans in America’s heartland,” Whataburger president and CEO Ed Nelson said in a recent press release.
The company says the Midwest expansion of Whataburger also means more job opportunities with 500 openings in 2021 alone.
The entity KMO Burgers, which has applied for the Bluhawk location, includes Mahomes as an investor, according to Whataburger.