COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Texas-based burger chain Whataburger is making plans for a return to the Centennial State.
Whataburger held a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday at the site of its first Colorado restaurant.
The location at 1310 Interquest Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs is expected to open before the end of 2021.
The site is just yards from an In-N-Out Burger restaurant that opened late last year.
The restaurant, located at the InterQuest Marketplace, will bring 100 jobs to the community. Hiring for restaurant managers is in progress, and team leader and team member hiring will begin in September, said Whataburger.
Longtime franchisee BurgerWorks is planning to open a Colorado training center at 5905 Constitution Avenue in Colorado Springs this fall. Those interested in working at Whataburger can get more information at burgerworksllc.com.
Whataburger said additional Colorado locations are planned, including a Dublin Boulevard Colorado Springs location by year-end 2022.
"We’ve had the good fortune of meeting quite a few of our new neighbors here in Colorado Springs, and we’ve felt every bit of their hospitality," said longtime Whataburger franchisee William Tamminga.
"I have to extend an especially big thanks to the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC for welcoming Whataburger into the community with open arms and celebrating with us today," added Tamminga. "We can’t wait to continue our tradition of serving great food and friendly service to our new friends in Colorado and look forward to opening our doors by year-end."
Whataburger began as a stand in Corpus Christi, Texas in the 1950s and has since grown to more than 800 locations across the country, according to their website.
The franchise also once had a presence in Colorado, including a location on 88th Avenue in Thornton that became Jim's Burger Haven.
"We are excited to welcome the first Whataburger to Colorado as they join our InterQuest Marketplace community later in the year. For both loyal fans and first-time patrons, we know this 'Texas Treasure’ will be a big hit with Colorado Springs residents," said Chris Jenkins, CEO of Norwood Development.
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