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First Kansas City-Area Whataburgers to Open in Lee’s Summit and Independence

Restaurants Opening Two Weeks Apart Kick Off Local Growth Plan

The wait is over for Kansas City-area super fans. On Monday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m., Whataburger will open the doors to its first Kansas City-area restaurant at 1450 N.E. Douglas St. in Lee’s Summit. A second Whataburger will open on Monday, Nov. 29, at 18902 E. U.S. 40 Highway in Independence.

“We’re excited to bring our big flavors, fresh ingredients and original recipes to Kansas City,” said Whataburger Senior Area Manager Mike Garza. “We’re looking forward to growing here and being part of the community.”

Garza, who recently returned with his family to Kansas City after 11 years away, will lead the expansion of corporate-owned Whataburgers in the area. He was a leader in Whataburger’s Texas operations before the move.

Whataburger plans to continue its corporate-owned restaurant expansion in coming months, with locations including:

  • 8420 W 135th St, Overland Park, Kan. – early 2022
  • 905 Hwy 7, Blue Springs, Mo. – early 2022
  • 1921 W Foxwood Dr, Raymore, Mo. – summer 2022
  • 95th & Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan. – summer 2022

Whataburger franchise partner KMO Burger, which includes Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes as a partner, will open its first restaurants next year at:

  • 10780 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. – early 2022
  • 11300 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, Kan. – spring 2022
  • 400 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo. – summer 2022
  • Southwest corner 159th St and Hwy 69, Overland Park, Kan. – summer 2022
  • 14123 W 135th, Olathe, Kan. – late summer 2022
  • 9100 Block MO-45, Parkville, Mo. – fall 2022
  • Southeast corner I-435 & Bannister Rd, Kansas City, Mo. – 2023
  • Highway 152 & North Booth Ave, Kansas City, Mo. – 2023

Whataburger plans to employ more than 400 Family Members (what it calls employees) by year-end. It’s looking to hire more than 1,000 talented restaurant team members in 2022 to deliver the Whataburger experience to its guests as it grows.

Whataburger Family Members are paid weekly and have access to flexible schedules (open 24/7). All employees participate in a robust training program that puts them on track for career advancement. Managers have the potential to earn up to $60,000 a year, based on both market and performance. Operating Partners earn an average of six figures or more, including bonuses of up to 150 percent of their target incentive. Both Operating Partner and Manager positions receive competitive health, dental and vision benefits, paid vacation and 401(k) benefits.


Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio with more than 900 locations across its 14-state footprint and sales of more than $3 billion annually. Whataburger is a 2022 Top Workplaces winner. The brand has more than 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 60 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just like they like it. Visit whataburger.com for more information. To apply for Whataburger jobs, visit whataburger.com/careers.