By Sondra Rodriguez, Page Editor
Never again will students have to drive across town to satisfy a Frosty craving. Abilene will receive its second Wendy’s franchise near the ACU campus within months.
The Ohio-based franchise dates back to 1969 and was under the legacy of Dave Thomas, who coined the term, “Quality is our logo.” Today, the franchise has more than 6,000 locations worldwide, each complete with items such as Old Fashioned hamburgers, salads, chili and the signature Frosty.
Abilene’s first Wendy’s is located on Southwest Drive, and the upcoming restaurant will be on Scottish Road, in front of Lowe’s Home Improvement and near Jack in the Box.
The structure for the fast food restaurant is built, but Rick Trujillo, construction worker for SealTex Hardware, said much still needs to be done before it can open.
“We’ve got to do the porch, sidewalk and the entire interior,” Trujillo said. “It’ll take a few months.” Nathan Smart and John Keel, stainless steel installers for SealTex Hardware, said the process is long, but they anticipate the opening.
“It’s looking good,” Smart said.
Clystiah Evans, junior social work major from Waco, said she thinks the restaurant will thrive.
“It will definitely succeed,” she said. “It’s new, it’s on this side of town, lots of people go to Wendy’s and even Jack in the Box succeeded over here.”
Trujillo could not give an exact date for building completion, but said more information will be released as construction continues and is optimistic about the community’s response.
“It’s Wendy’s,” he said. “It’s always good.”