by Eric Butler
The latest in a recent wave of national chains to take an interest in Clovis appears to be Applebee’s restaurant.
Applebee’s officials would not confirm an expansion to Clovis, but Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon said Applebee’s representatives are hoping to get a building permit this week to build on the north end of town.
“We will be working with the Applebee’s officials on the permitting process so they can proceed with the building,” Mondragon said. “They want to get started as soon as possible. We expect to hear from them again this week. We mailed them the applications, but it’s pretty much a done deal.”
Applebee’s is headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., and has 1,585 restaurants in 49 states, according to company statistics issued at the end of 2003.
City officials spoke with a representative of Applebee’s last week through a conference call.
“They’re trying to fast-track the process and we want to make sure the city will work with them,” Mondragon said. “There is a sold sign already where they’re going to be located on Llano Estacado, west of the Chevron station across the street from Roden-Smith.”
The property was offered through Giese Realty Investment Company, but owner Bill Giese could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Other commercial developments that have occurred in the last two years on Giese Realty lots include Lowe’s, Chili’s and Dollar Tree.