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Whataburger Making Debut in Kansas City Area

Opening restaurants in Lee’s Summit, Independence, Overland Park and Blue Springs; hiring 700 local employees by end of 2021

Whataburger has some super fans in Kansas City, so it was only a matter of time before the brand made its debut in the metro area.

Known for serving up a little hometown fun alongside its famous burgers and extraordinary customer service, Whataburger plans to open four corporate restaurants this year, with its first restaurant opening in fall 2021. The four locations are:

  • 1450 Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64086
  • 18811 E US 40 Highway, Independence, Missouri 64055
  • 8420 W 135th St., Overland Park, Kansas 66223
  • 905 Hwy 7, Blue Springs, Missouri 64014

A series of local events will be held to celebrate the new locations.

There will be more Whataburger goodness coming to the Kansas City area soon, with additional restaurants and community investment news. The company plans to release information on 2022 growth plans later this year.

Along with new restaurants, Whataburger also will bring exciting career opportunities for leaders in the community. Hiring in the Kansas City area has started for positions such as Restaurant Manager and Operating Partner. Hiring for team leaders and team members will begin in coming months.

“At Whataburger, we believe a great customer experience starts with an exceptional employee experience, which is why we’re looking for caring leaders who can motivate and reward teams,” said Pam Nemec, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Brand Culture. “We compensate well and have a robust training program to teach the skills needed. Even without restaurant experience, leaders can succeed at Whataburger with the right attitude and leadership ability.”

Whataburger Operating Partners are the heart and soul of the brand. They are business leaders who run multimillion-dollar restaurants and have fun doing it. Why? Because they are empowered to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit to get the job done. 

Operating Partners have a natural ability to inspire and rally their teams – while at the same time developing the next generation of leaders. They also are the face of Whataburger in their communities, connecting and creating relationships with local schools, businesses and nonprofits. You’ll find Whataburger Operating Partners on your city’s football fields, your local chamber boards and at corporate networking events.

Whataburger makes sure Operating Partners share in the success of the business by paying an average of six figures or more, including bonuses of up to 150 percent of their target incentive. And the company also cares about quality of life. While Whataburger is open 24/7 to serve guests, its Operating Partners enjoy a five-day work week. This allows many to coach their kids’ sports teams, volunteer for their favorite nonprofit or make time for the things they love to do outside the office. Whataburger Family Members work hard and play hard!

Managers have the potential to earn over $55,000 a year (based on both market and performance).

Both positions receive competitive health, dental and vision benefits, paid vacation and 401(k) benefits.

The company plans to hire more than 700 new employees in the Kansas City area this year. By joining the Whataburger Family, employees automatically are placed into Whataburger’s Restaurant Career Development Program, putting them on the path to growth from day one. Those interested in working at Whataburger in the Kansas City area can get information on Whataburger’s competitive benefits and salaries, opportunities for career advancement and other employee resources for growth and development at whataburger.com/careers.

“As someone who has grown and advanced since I joined Whataburger as a Director of Operations more than 15 years ago, I can say that working at Whataburger offers so much opportunity for career advancement and personal fulfillment,” said Whataburger Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Rodriguez. “Our employees, who we call Family Members, are the heart and soul of our brand. I know there are a lot of wonderful people in the Kansas City area who we’d love to have join the Whataburger Family, and I encourage them to apply.”

Founded more than 70 years ago, Whataburger now has more than 840 locations across 10 states, operating 24/7, 364 days a year. Whataburger is best known for its signature, fresh-never-frozen beef burgers – available 24 hours a day. Its breakfast menu, available from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m., features items including the fan-favorite Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit and Breakfast on a Bun. Whataburger’s famous Fancy and Spicy Ketchup are also well-loved by customers and available online and in some grocery stores.



Whataburger has served up 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, Texas, with more than 840 locations in 10 states and sales of more than $2.5 billion annually. Whataburger has 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 14 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just the way they like it. Newsweek ranked Whataburger second on its 2021 list of America’s Best Customer Service brands in the Fast Food category. Visit whataburger.com for more information.