8 On Your Side: Reality of Expanding Columbia's Menu

5 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, November 20 2012 Nov 20, 2012 Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:56:00 AM CST November 20, 2012 in News
By: Emily Spain
loading

COLUMBIA - Some of us crave our favorite stores and restaurants so much we are willing to make the drive to Kansas City or St. Louis for a bite to eat or a good sale. Can you imagine how it would be if those places were just down the street? We asked you what you wanted to see come to town and received a variety of requests from Nordstrom to Jack in the Box, but those making the top of your wish list were Trader Joe's, Chick-Fil-A and Red Robin.

All of those places are easy to find in the bigger cities to our east and west. In the St. Louis area, for example, there are four Trader Joe's, nine Chick-Fil-A's and six Red Robins. 

Managment and employees at Red Robin told KOMU they've had multiple requests for a Red Robin to open in Columbia. In fact, while at a Red Robin near St. Louis, we found a Jefferson City man chowing down. The challenge of bringing places like Red Robin closer to home, is attracting those large companies to a town the size of Columbia. 

"We're still a small market compared to St. Louis, Kansas City so we're not going to get everybody at the same time or even ever for some of those businesses," said Forum Development Group President Jay Lindner. 

Developers here in Columbia said they're always looking for ways to bring in business and appease local appetites. 

"That is our goal to keep up with new and expanding companies around the country and establish those relationships even if it's just keeping in touch with them every year to kind of make sure that their plans haven't changed," Lindner said.

One of those relationships is with Chick-Fil-A, who according to Lindner is scouting out its options in Columbia. 

"Chick-Fil-A is actually looking in the market right now, they have been for some time now, they have not found the right site," he said.

That's not the case for the other most-wanted stores. Red Robin Corporate told me the company isn't planning on adding a store in Columbia as this time, and gave this explanation for how it decides where to place its stores. 

"...we look at a number of factors, typically starting with a demographic profile of the area - for example, nearby population and average household income - as well as available real estate opportunities."

A Trader Joe's spokesperson said Columbia won't see a store either, and would not disclose how the company decides where to open up its groceries. If Columbia wants to satisfy its taste buds and bring these companies in, Lindner said the town needs to include these ingredients. 

"The business environment in Columbia still needs to be a priority, we need to have a city council that wants business here... It's going to take the developers and the land owners in Columbia being reasonable with the users and not setting a price that's above market," Lindner said.

So, for now, we will just have to keep waiting for the places at the top of your wish list. There are some new restaurants and stores on their way to Columbia now. Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers along with Mattress Giant and a Kansas City barbecue restaurant are currently under construction. 

Photo Credit:  Flickr/Link576

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will move into a new neighborhood over the next few weeks. In July,... More >>
40 minutes ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Steedman man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of domestic... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 5:22:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in the fatal beating of his 77-year-old grandmother while he... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 3:59:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- The FBI is in possession of a recording between President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney Michael... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 3:38:16 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty will resign from the Missouri House of Representatives effective Sunday in... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 12:57:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in Top Stories
COLE COUNTY — The Cole County Sheriff’s Department responded to possible weapons violation on Thursday night. When the officers... More >>
7 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 11:47:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in Top Stories
(AP) - President Donald Trump has indicated that he's willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs and... More >>
10 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:52:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
BRANSON - A press conference was held Friday morning following Thursday's fatal boat capsizing at Table Rock Lake. As... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 7:23:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
BRANSON (AP) — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 6:45 p.m. ... More >>
12 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 7:16:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
BRANSON - The recent boat incident that killed 11 and injured seven in Branson isn't the first time Ride the... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 2:06:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Thursday evening around 9:00 pm, two cars collided head-on at the intersection of Worley St. and W. Boulevard.... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:14:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A southern Missouri sheriff and a subordinate with whom he was having a romantic relationship have... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:46:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia confirmed Friday the household hazardous waste collection is cancelled. The waste collection was... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:16:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- More illnesses have been reported across the United States in two separate cyclospora outbreaks, federal health officials said... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:31:35 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Gun-rights activists have reached a settlement with the government that... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:57:04 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Loop CID met with the Planning and Zoning Committee Thursday night to discuss future plans for Business... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa - Pella Regional Health Center spokeswoman Billie Rhamy confirmed Thursday evening injuries were minor and all patients... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:49:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) - President Donald Trump hopes to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington this fall, White House press secretary... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 5:09:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
8pm 86°
9pm 82°
10pm 79°
11pm 76°