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8/16/2012 6:01:00 AM
Rumors confirmed: Five Guys, Chipotle coming to Kingman
Plans for new eateries finalized; development quest continues
AHRON SHERMAN/MinerA sign went up Tuesday in front of the vacant Blockbuster building inviting business owners to join Chipotle Mexican Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries by leasing one of the suites.

A sign went up Tuesday in front of the vacant Blockbuster building inviting business owners to join Chipotle Mexican Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries by leasing one of the suites.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

In a little over four months, Kingmanites get to experience the flavors of Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Chipotle Mexican Grill without taking a road trip to Las Vegas.

The popular restaurants are officially coming to Kingman to set up shop in the vacant Blockbuster building on Stockton Hill Road between Walgreens and McDonald's.

Dwayne Patterson of RE/MAX Prestige Properties sold the building to DG Fenn Management, a development company based in Phoenix. The company's vice president Dan Fenn said the plan is to lease the property's suites to Five Guys and Chipotle.

Patterson and Fenn said they expect to close escrow on the property Sept. 15.

From there, Fenn said it should take 120 days to fix up the property and get the businesses into the building.

The property requires extensive work, Fenn said.

The exterior will undergo a complete renovation, including the front and back parking lots and the façade, Fenn said.

"When we're done it will look like a completely new building," Fenn said.

The building's insides need to be redone as well in order to fit the tenants' needs, he said.

"We're excited," said Fenn, whose company hasn't done business in Kingman before.

"We made it through the (economic) storm, and we're trying to move forward."

Fenn and Patterson are also looking for tenants to move into a 1,300 square-foot portion of the building.

The company has been speaking to several sandwich vendors and haircutting companies about renting the space, but no deal is imminent.

At the 2011 International Conference of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas, representatives of Kingman's Economic Development Commission piqued Chipotle's interest.

From there, the commission stayed in contact with the company as it looked at local properties and studied Kingman as a whole, said Councilwoman Carole Young, who was part of the group that attended the conference.

The addition of the two restaurants means additional sales tax revenue for the city and more food choices for residents, she said.

She estimates the establishments offering a minimum of 18 jobs apiece.

Though Young is pleased with the recruitment of the businesses, she hopes to help bring in more companies - that don't serve food - as the city moves forward.

The Blockbuster building sat empty for three years, Patterson said.

It's in a prime location and had a premium price tag to go with it.

It took a special buyer to get this deal done, Patterson said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Chipolte Olea

Very happy about Chipolte Our daughter has one in ohio and loves it. Hold the calories by holding down the sour cream and other goodies. I am proud to have one coming to Kingman. ..........Olea

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

I doubt if the Politically correct people will like five guys as their fries and Burgers are out of this world and that just isn't right, or fair.
The guy who said Harbor Freight was a mans store has got to be kidding. They sell junk from China that not even the Chinese people want.
Hopefully Five guys will hurry up and get it going as I think they will put the rest of the burger joints out of business....except for the PC people and who cares about them.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: R .

@ Joe Blow

A) There's plenty of money in Kingman, maybe just not your part of town. B) Much of the business will be travelers exiting from the nearby highway looking for something to eat or passing through town. So even if you were correct about this town - which you're not-- it wouldn't matter much.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: patty hertz

oh yeah, another big box fast food joint, yipee.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe The Doubters Need to Actually Go In These Restaurants Before Condemming

JJ, you have to know what to order and how to order. We vegans go black beans and plenty of spring lettuce and so forth. Why not try to actually go into one of Chipotle's restaurant instead of jumping on the web and assuming.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: J j

I don't know who you people are that keep saying Chipotle is healthy, especially the vegan that commented, but their burritos are 800 calories before you even put any meat in them. You add meat and you're suddenly over 1000. There's nothing healthy about that. I've seen plenty of fat and out of shape vegetarians and vegans. Chipotle just has a fresh, modern marketing vibe and that dupes people into thinking it's good for you. It's not good for you by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Kimberly Soles

I am a proud "Kingmanite" who happens to have all of her own beautiful teeth and have never touched any type of drug in my life. I am happy that Kingman is growing and getting new businesses. Whithout them this town will not survive and people will be out of work and have to re locate. I am a healthy person on a plant based diet and do believe that any new business is a great thing for our economy. Let's try to be positive and support and encourage new growth.

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Article comment by: What a World

Advice to D.S. drive defensively.

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Stocton Hill is already a nightmare to drive"

Thats just so Except for about 2 hrs a day during the can drive from the college to Andy Devine in about 10 min. Maybe 15-20 min during lunch or around 4:30pm.

Sat and Sun....except for the area from Beverly to's pretty smooth sailing.

You can also avoid most of it by going Bank.

Try being in traffic that takes you 3 hrs to go 15 miles....THAT'S traffic.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: RICHARD BUNKELMANN


Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Blow

Somebody told me that a burger, fries, and a drink will set you back $10 at Five Boys. If that's true I give them about two months in Kingman and the doors will quickly close. About half the cost at In 'n Out.

Kingman is an extremely POOR town.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: stuart varon


Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Donna Shadow *********************

Stocton Hill is already a nightmare to drive. Who cares who's money it is? Whose going to pay my higher insurance premiums when someone hits my car?

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Where's the BEEF or Chicken Wings

Don’t forget Buffalo Wild Wings oops I let that one slip. They are coming soon also. As for egging on the council, they have little to no say on proprietors wanting to open business here. They have a say on planning and zoning issues, but business like these have everything in place to satisfy every city P & Z. If this or any council disqualifies any business to come here they are NOT doing their job. I strongly believe that our council will always allow businesses that are for the greater good of Kingman! These businesses that are coming here have done their homework and see the potential. Other business will follow as they are also doing their homework. On a side note if the owner of McDonald’s wants to open 10 McDonald’s on Stockton Hill Road it’s his MONEY! We may not agree, but it’s his MONEY! Eventually we will get noticed by Olive Garden, TGIF, Target and so on, but until then enjoy all the new restaurants.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Go for It

I think Applebee's franchise is available.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: East Ender

Agree with Great News - great job now let's get something on Hualapai Mt. Rd.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: A Proud Kingmanite

N.F.H, Kingmanite is a beautiful term. It refers to all people who live within the limits, the surrounding area, or we'll even be generous (Kingmanite's are you know) or wish they lived here!!!

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Amazed How Negative People Who Do Nothing Can Be

Laura C, perhaps you'd like to open a business here that hires more than 18. Or if you're not willing or able to do so, perhaps you can congratulate those that brought in 36 jobs.

And one last thing, Chipotle's menu is very healthy. I'm a vegan and am thrilled I have somewhere to eat.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Thanks to All for Your Action

Congratulations to Carole Young and her new Economic Development commission of 2011. I think George Fransuski and Mark Huley are the two that put that together. And I remember seeing the meeting where several of the council members also helped.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

Again, I have to chuckle. I see so many of you screaming for mall, skating rinks, Olive Gardens, etc....

Even to the point of telling them where to build. Bank St, the old Frontier Building, etc....

Here's a thought, AGAIN, get off your computers, invest your OWN money, and build it yourself. Until then, stop complaining about what somebody else is building with their own money.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Great Job

Chipole's is excellent! All Fresh and healthy.
the ec committee for the city has done a good job. I know there was a lot of comlaints and non interest but glad it is there. hope they will bring in better shopping for clothes and toys. Kudos to Patterson, Young and the EDMC. Keep up the good work. I heard Young say several months ago that a chipolte was coming to town, didn't believe, sorry.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Interesting that someone has to work in a snarky comment about Obama and 5 Guys. 5 Guys will succeed because there will be people who like it just as some people like In and Out Every time the food issue comes here someone whines about an Olive Garden. Want one? They are a franchise so go get one.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: So Happy

Excellent news! These would be my first choice for new fast food options in Kingman--really, they are two of the very few fast food places I'll even eat. 5 Guys is WAY better than In-N-Out.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Lisa Masters

I think the word 'Kingmanite' is offensive. When I think of that word (no offense to anyone who proudly proclaims themselves as a Kingmanite, however, this is only MY opinion!) I think of toothless crackheads. I've lived here a long time and the only people I've ever seen or heard referred to as a Kingmanite is someone who doesn't take care of themselves, has meth teeth, and lives off the government.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: aaron smith

Just what kingman needs another place to have hamburgers and mexican food... It would be nice to get something different :(

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