Whataburger confirms expansion plans include Wichita
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is now an investor in a franchise group that plans to open more than two dozen Whataburger locations. At least one of them will be in Wichita, Kansas.
The burger chain said in a news release that it plans to expand in the region through KMO Burger, a new investor-led franchise group that includes Mahomes.
"In the next seven years, KMO Burger will open 30 Whataburgers spanning from Wichita, Kansas to St. Joseph, Missouri and includes a concentration in Kansas City," the release said.
The first restaurants in the new group will open next year in Kansas City, Missouri. There was no word on an opening date for a Wichita location.
“We are excited to have KMO Burger join the Whataburger team!” said Ed Nelson, Whataburger president and CEO. “Expanding to Kansas and Missouri is a win for Whataburger and our fans in America’s heartland.”
"I love Kansas City and I love Whataburger," said Mahomes. "I'm excited to help bring a gift from my first home to my second home."
Meanwhile, construction is underway on the first four corporate-owned locations in the Kansas City area announced earlier this year.