Wendy's Signs Ballwin Lease
The fast-food giant is setting the stage for construction adjacent to Vlasis Park.
The fast-food chain famous for its square hamburgers could be making its way to Ballwin.
Wendy’s has signed a lease for a lot at Manchester Road and Seven Trails Drive—the space presently occupied by Rothman Furniture.
The Ohio-based restaurant chain still has to file for site plan approval with the city before the plans officially can get underway.
Wendy’s, along with an office building and a U-Gas, would become part of a three-lot commercial development at Manchester Road and Seven Trails Drive adjacent to Vlasis Park. Some residents initially resisted the project, saying it too closely resembled other commercial plazas already present on Manchester Road. Ballwin City Planner Tom Aiken disagreed.
“Most developments don’t bring anything unique anymore, and that’s not the nature of the Manchester road corridor. What you’re going to get is box stores, gas stations and restaurants," Aiken said.
Cindy Schindler, a resident new to Ballwin, said they go out of their way to find Wendy’s restaurants and would be happy just to have one locally.
“I would be ecstatic, “ Schindler said. “There’s a Wendy’s in Rock Hill and St. Charles. I know where they are because I have to search around. They’re too far apart."
Project Manager Bill Biermann of W.B. Biermann in Chesterfield echoed Schindler’s thoughts.
“A lot of people really like Wendy’s, and they’re excited to get it back.”
Biermann said Wendy's is likely to file official site approval plans before the end of this month. Aiken said Rothman Furniture is scheduled to be demolished some time in July.