Whataburger restaurants opening this fall

For many areas, Whataburger’s fans knowing that they will be able to enjoy a Whataburger here in Missouri or Kansas is going to be a great treat.

Last Thursday, Whataburger’s officials came to town in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and in Overland Park, Kansas for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Whataburger Regional Director of Operations Scott Phillips said, “We’ve had the good fortune of meeting quite a few of our new neighbors here in the Kansas City area, and we’ve felt every bit of their mid-western hospitality. I have to extend an especially big thanks to the mayors and chamber leaders of each city for welcoming Whataburger into the community with open arms and celebrating with us today.”

Whataburger’s goal is to hire more than 700 employees in the Kansas City area this year and is currently hiring for positions such as restaurant manager and operating partner. The company emphasizes advancement from the inside and wants to put its employees on a path to success. “We can’t wait to extend our tradition of great food and friendly service to our friends in the Kansas City area and look forward to opening our doors this fall,” said Phillips

Whataburger’s director of sales/marketing Monica Maldonado told the crowd, “This is my first time here in Kansas City. I’m from Texas and we are excited to call this home as well. My job is to provide leadership, employment and to get involved in the community. We will also be working with non for profits and we are excited to announce our partnership with the Kansas City Royals we are extremely excited adding that to our support.”

Bernardo (Nano) Ramirez told Hispanic News he’s looking forward to eating at one of those Whataburgers once they open here in Kansas City. Ramirez said, he’s been to the original Whataburger in Corpus Christi, Texas a few years back. “Our family went to Corpus to see the Selena Museum and also went to the cemetery were she is buried. Afterwards I said to my family let’s go to Whataburger and we learned that was the original Whataburger place. I said oh wow! Then, I placed my order. I like the works, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions… you know all that stuff. Then I saw spicy ketchup, then I said wait a minute this is great.” Ramirez was also impressed with the friendly and professional service from their staff.

Ramirez would also like to see Whataburger restaurants in his own neighborhood north of the river and in the Latino communities in both Missouri and Kansas. Ramirez said Whataburger has a strong presence in the Latino community in Texas and would like to see that same commitment here in Kansas City.

Overland Park Mayor Carl Geriach said, “We are so pleased that Whataburger has chosen Overland Park as one of its first-ever Kansas City-area locations. We enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate this history-making moment today and we can’t wait to watch Whataburger grow.”

“We can’t wait to extend our tradition of great food and friendly service to our friends in the Kansas City area and look forward to opening our doors this fall,” said Phillip.

The new Whataburger locations will be at:

• 8420 W 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas 66223

• 1450 Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086

• 18811 E US 40 Highway, Independence, Missouri 64055

For more information, visit the careers section of Whataburger’s website.