New Wendy’s planned in Warrenton

A new Wendy's restaurant is being planned at the Warrenton Highlands shopping center, kitty corner from Costco.

WARRENTON — A new Wendy’s restaurant is being planned at the Warrenton Highlands shopping center.

Baysinger Partners Architecture submitted plans for a nearly 2,400-square-foot Wendy’s in a small patch of field along Ensign Lane.

Wendy’s has been rolling out smaller restaurant designs, enabling the company to open in spaces as small as one-quarter of an acre. The Warrenton location would include a narrow rectangular restaurant with seating for 40, an outdoor patio, a drive-through ringing the property and nine parking spots.

With more than 6,500 locations, Wendy’s is one of the largest fast-food chains globally. During an investor meeting in February 2017, company officials unveiled plans to open an additional 1,000 locations by 2020, including 500 more in North America, according to food service publication Nation’s Restaurant News.

The North Coast Retail Center around the busy intersection of U.S. Highway 101 and Ensign Lane has become a nexus of new development. A new Walmart is scheduled to open in June. A Domino’s pizza restaurant, along with T-Mobile and Sprint phone stores, recently opened around the periphery of Costco. The complex also includes a newer Panda Express and Taco Bell restaurants.

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