While the rumor has existed for many years in Aberdeen, it is a rumor no more. With an official listing as a location on the Wendy’s website, plans filed with the City of Aberdeen, and a timeline from the ownership group, Wendy’s is coming, and soon.
Building plans filed with the City of Aberdeen this month for the new restaurant at 1022 E Wishkah St in Aberdeen (situated between Water to Go and KFC) show a total project cost of $750,000 coming into the area. The location is currently owned by an Olympia couple, and the Grays Harbor County Assessor’s office tells KXRO that no changes have occurred recently. A building on the land currently houses Harbor Vapor. That company posted on their official Facebook page, “We’re 99.9% positive we have found a new place to relocate!”
Traci Mills, Marketing Director for Cedar Enterprises, Inc., the ownership group behind the project, told KXRO “We are scheduled to start construction in mid-May or early June with an August or September estimate opening.”
Mills also told KXRO that the restaurant “will certainly be the new ultra-modern Wendy’s restaurant design.”
According to Mills, Cedar Enterprises currently operates 214 Wendy’s restaurants in the US and Canada, including 46 in Washington alone, and 3 in the Olympia/Lacey area.
From the Cedar Enterprises website:
“Cedar Enterprises began operation in 1975 as Wendy’s of Las Vegas, Inc. The company founder, Joseph D. Karam, personally knew Dave Thomas, Wendy’s International, Inc. founder, through their work with charitable organizations in the Columbus, Ohio community. Their friendship flourished and as Dave was looking for investors to develop Wendy’s, he naturally turned to Joe. Joe was involved with an investment club that elected to use a portion of its assets to invest with Dave Thomas to help get Wendy’s started.”
“On October 7, Cedar Enterprises grew again with the purchase of 24 Company-operated restaurants, along with two future locations, in the Seattle market. With this transaction, Cedar becomes Wendy’s® third largest franchisee – operating 170 restaurants in five states, including 47 in Washington. Seattle is now Cedar’s largest market.”
“Cedar is one of the first franchise groups in the Wendy’s System to participate in these new remodels that are the center piece of a multi-year strategy to reinvigorate the brand.”