Zaxby’s plans multiple Kansas restaurants

The Kickin Chicken sandwich is featured at Zaxby’s.
The Kickin Chicken sandwich is featured at Zaxby’s. Zaxby’s

Two Zaxby’s chicken franchisees will blanket the area market with multiple locations.

Royal Chicken Holdings LLC plans a dozen Johnson County restaurants — seven locations south of Interstate 435 and five locations north of Interstate 435. Franchisee Steve Dailey opened his first location in Georgia in 2000. He now has seven locations in Georgia, with two more opening soon, and three locations in South Carolina. Dailey’s son, Brad, is a partner in the South Carolina restaurants, the two new Georgia locations and the Kansas locations.

An area location at 9510 W. 135th St., Overland Park, is scheduled to open in August. Another site — north of Zoomin Market in Olathe at 12203 S. Strang Line Road — would open soon after.

The other group, Organized Chickenz, plans five area locations in five years. Two restaurants are under construction: at 2035 N. 109th St., Kansas City, Kan., near the Kansas Speedway, scheduled to open April 4, and another at 4661 Bauer Farm Drive in Lawrence, scheduled to open in November or December. Franchisee Mike Schneidereit, who is relocating to Kansas City from New Jersey, plans two more locations in the Lawrence area and another in the Leavenworth/Lansing area.

“My father had his own business for 23 years, so I have grown up with that entrepreneur spirit,” Schneidereit said.

Childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley said they came up with the Zaxby’s concept on the basketball court. While playing they wondered why their Georgia town didn’t have a better chicken place, one serving fresh and savory chicken in a fun atmosphere.

They opened their first location in Georgia in 1990. They now have more than 700 locations in 16 states.

Zaxby’s offers prepared-at-order chicken fingers, wings and sandwiches, along with sides like coleslaw, chicken salad, side salad, a basket of celery, crinkle fries and Texas toast. Appetizers include Tater Chips, spicy fried mushrooms and fried white cheddar bites. Customers also can select from four sauces, including Tongue Torch, Nuclear and Insane.

Johnson County retail updates

▪ After a decade in Prairie Village’s Corinth Square, The Foot Spot will relocate to Leawood’s Ranch Mart North in June.

The family-owned and operated shoe store, which specializes in fashionable but comfortable athletic, work, casual and dress shoes and foot care products, was founded in 2005 and also has locations in the Northland and Overland Park.

It will double its space in part of the former Seasonal Concepts space — at 95th Street and Mission Road — both for retail and for additional warehouse space to support its growing online business.

▪ Charming Charlie is moving in Town Center Crossing. It plans to open Monday in a 4,900-square-foot space at 4431 W. 119th St., Leawood. The first 100 customers on the March 5 grand opening will get discounts ranging from $5 to $100.

L.L. Bean took the former Charming Charlie space and part of the former Z Gallerie space. Charming Charlie moved into a temporary space at 4419 W. 119th St., in Town Center Crossing in mid-2015.

▪ Pizzeria Locale has confirmed summer openings for new locations in Overland Park’s Corbin Park and Oak Park Mall.

The first area location — and the first outside of its home state of Colorado — opened in July 2015 in Waldo. It is a partnership between Chipotle and Colorado restaurateurs Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson.

Pizzeria Locale is described as a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the traditional pizzerias of Naples, Italy. The fast-casual menu has individually made pizzas, including specialty pies such as the Mais (mozzarella, sweet corn, crème fraîche, ham and garlic) and the Calabria (sauce, ricotta, oregano, garlic and Calabrian chiles). The pizzas are fired in a custom-designed, high-temperature oven and ready in minutes.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC