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7/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Developers promise: Five Guys still coming to Kingman
Related: Baskin Robbins signs letter of intent for space
KIM STEELE/Miner
A Chipotle Mexican Grill has already opened on Stockton Hill Road, and a planned Five Guys Burgers and Fries is scheduled to open in September.
KIM STEELE/Miner
A Chipotle Mexican Grill has already opened on Stockton Hill Road, and a planned Five Guys Burgers and Fries is scheduled to open in September.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Despite lingering rumors to the contrary, Five Guys Burgers and Fries is still moving to Kingman.

"We are definitely coming to town," said Art Ruanova, regional director of operations for the business. "We are building the restaurant as we speak and are very excited about opening in Kingman. Everything is on track as far as we're concerned."

Ruanova, who oversees Five Guys restaurants in nine counties in Arizona, said the local eatery is expected to open the second week in September. It will measure 2,500 square feet and initially hire 45 employees to serve its specialty hamburgers, hand-cut fries and hot dogs.

Currently, there are 18 Five Guys in Phoenix, five in Tucson and one each in Flagstaff, Yuma and Prescott. Ruanova said the next restaurant will be located in Lake Havasu City, and the company is considering one in Bullhead City.

But for now, construction in Kingman is on the company's radar.

"Kingman is a great place to have a fast food restaurant like ours," said Ruanova. " I have friends who own other restaurants there, and from what I hear, they're doing well.

"Our restaurant is different from what's there already, because you can build a hamburger any way you want it.

Kingman is ready for that, and I think this restaurant will be a huge success for us."

Gary Jeppson, director of development services for the city of Kingman, said the general contractor, DG Fenn Construction in Phoenix, picked up its building permit July 19 to be able to work on the restaurant.

Jeppson said there have been no problems with the contractor or the company and he is expecting construction to proceed as planned.

The prime location on Stockton Hill Road is situated between Walgreens and McDonald's.

Chipotle is located on the north side of the building and Five Guys will take up about 2,500 square feet on the south side. The building once housed Blockbuster Video but has been vacant several years.

Gary Langerfeld, director of marketing for DG Fenn, said Chipotle Mexican Grill opened in June and is keeping busy.

"The store is exceeding expectations," said Langerfeld. "Chipotle chose Kingman because it fit the company's profile for a good location. They feel Kingman is an up-and-coming place and traffic on Stockton Hill Road is steady.

"It was a natural choice."

Richard Hamilton, owner of H&H Development in Kingman, said the remaining 1,200 square feet of store space between Chipotle and Five Guys has already been claimed. Hamilton said ice cream chain Baskin Robbins has signed a letter of intent for the location.

"Nothing has changed from what was announced before," said Hamilton.

"Rumors about what will and what won't be there have run rampant since we started work on this project. But Five Guys is going in. That's what we've always said and that's how it still remains."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013
Article comment by: Rob Franklin

Cannot wait! I love In n' Out but Five Guys is a great burger and we need all the choices we can get.

Maybe a McAllisters next?


Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Article comment by: frankie doyal 2

i need a job please help me

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

"I would like to see a red lobster in kingman instead."

Then open up your check book and bring one here. See how simple that is?


Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Emmy Jones

Here's a very good suggestion as for me , what about Orange Julius,doesn't anybody think about that, instead of another hamburger joint, like somebody say's In-and-out is the best and no other thank you!!!!!!

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: the first time and not the last time

we need more stores like 99 cent not fast food has anyone looked a size of the big mac lately ? it small . for the same price

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: Old Time Kingmanite

Thank you, anonymous anonymous.

How nice that there's some growth in Kingman again. A few more jobs is still a few more jobs - and good to kick-start the economy.

Go, Kingman!!!


Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: Highly Amused

@Doing Research

You obviously HAVE NOT done your research, there was a Baskin Robbins at one point and it was caddy corner from the KDM offices. They closed because as stated, they were expensive and their business didn't do so well. Especially with a Dairy Queen right down on the next block.


Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: mary a englert

PLEASE BRING BACK DAIRY QUEEN, IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE FOR FAMILIES HERE.

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

@Doing Research,
As soon as I submitted my last post, I realized you probably are right about the location of that Baskin Robbins. I had association with both Dorothy Brown and Dave Amspoker-more info than you might care to hear about. But, rest of post is right. Now, I will be wondering about this location in question, that is what age can do to us.


Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

@Doing Research,
No the Dairy Queen you ref. to was owned by Dorothy Brown and closed in the early 2000s. The Baskin Robbins as I said was in that same strip mall at other end, the owner was Dave Amspoker whose wife Sherry Amspoker was a nurse who worked at the old jail part time when it was in the place the superior courts are now.The new jail opened November 1986, Sherry had left the medical dept. at that time and Dave closed down his business sometime after that due to not enough revenue coming in. I was working at the jail during all this time and Dave use to be in a band that played for the Elks' Charity Balls and other dances, don't know if he's still around, haven't been to one of those dances in 10yrs. Sherry had moved to Tenn. and she passed not long afterward.


Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Any One Can Open A Business

"Why don't you use your own resources and open up whatever type of business you want then?"

Because:

A. They could never come up with the money.
B. If they could get the money, they would still not take the risk.
C. Having to run a business would seriously cut into their whining and sniveling time.

LOL



Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: George Merrill

I would like to see a red lobster in kingman instead.

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

One thing Mohave County does have in abundance is angry, unhappy, miserable eternal procrastinator's who never have anything to say positive, always negative or ad hominem attacking anyone who dares find anything pleasant in life! No need to name them like the false prophets mentioned in the good book, one knows them by which proceeds from their very own mouths or in this venue via their key boards!

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@Amaryllis

Are you thinking of Dairy Queen? The BR was in the strip mall across from the KDM office, next to Century 21, and was open until 2001 or 2002 as I recall.

@Bon

Please see my previous comment - this isn't about Kingmanites going there - it's about I-40 traffic. If this was about Kingman it would have been placed at a corner like Andy Devine and Stockton Hill, where real estate was probably less pricey.


Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

There was a Baskin Robbins here in the 80s in that strip mall across from the old Safeway on Stockton Hill and Detroit. Dave Amspoker was the owner. It didn't do that well and closed. These places may be ok if you have one or two kids and go every great once in a while, it's expensive like Cold Stone which was here at one time also. Another hamburger joint besides the Two Guys and on an already over congested Stockton Hill Rd.? Really Kingman get real!

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@R.

"Ok, then tell me why did they close? The lack of business was from lack of advertising and from being off the beaten path. It certainly wasn't from lack of good ice cream products?"

Quite the contrary, their ice cream was some of the best I have ever had!

The owner also had a day job, and when the day job ended, the family moved. That simple.


Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Ralph Constable

"Bring in back East companies like one of the firearms company that will be moving from their state because of strict gun laws. They employed over 1,000 workers."

Yeah, because one of those firearms manufacturers would jump at the chance to move to the County in AZ with the just about the lowest average years of education in the state. Think of the vast pool of highly skilled workers they would find here. Never going to happen unless they bring their current employees with them.


Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Article comment by: R .

@ Bon Apateet

You must be a big hit at parties! By the way, are you really French?


Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: R .

@ Nice Chuckle

Ok, then tell me why did they close? The lack of business was from lack of advertising and from being off the beaten path. It certainly wasn't from lack of good ice cream products?


Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: Bon Apateet

Seriously? You can make a better burger at home,pick and choose what you want on it and not have to spend $10. for a second rate hamburger

Why people eat out all the time never ceases to amaze me.


Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: People need To get right facts

First of all. The ice cream shop on northern closed due to guardian fiberglass closing down the husband work there while the wife ran the ice cream shop.they moved to Texas. I tried 5 guys in las Vegas couple weeks ago much better than in an out. Get to choose your toppings. Also you can share one order of fries and they ate awesome.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Homer Simpson

Maybe we can get one of the Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts combination stores now that my favorite donut shop in town, Donuts 2 Go, is closing?

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@R.

"We had a great Mexican ice cream shop on Northern that closed down several months ago because they had didn't advertise and their location wasn't in the center of town...so we need an ice cream joint!"

Actually, that is not why they closed, but I agree, we need a good ice cream shop.


Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@Rick
@The first time
@Ralph
@Jim

This is all for I-40 traffic, not because the owners of these places thought Kingman was a place in dire need of fast food options.

Decisions like these are not made based on what the town wants. It's based on GIS data that shows this is a place where stable money has been and can be reliably counted on to keep a location open.

The only long-term benefit to Kingman here is an additional 1-2 dozen minimum wage jobs and 3-5 full time staff positions.


Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Anyone Can Open a Business!

Some of you think you know what other people should invest their money in, and what this town needs, and what it don't.
Why don't you use your own resources and open up whatever type of business you want then?



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