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Jeffrey M. McGrath, planning and development director for the city of Beavercreek, said the Kemp Road location “is dead as far as I am concerned. I look forward to working with Raising Cane’s to help them find another site in Beavercreek. We are actively working on that.”
Raising Cane’s first choice for a restaurant location in Beavercreek has gone nowhere. Photo from Raising Cane’s Facebook page.
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The Beavercreek project stalled primarily because the design details of an access street to the restaurant could not be worked out with the owners of the affected properties, McGrath said in August 2017. The proposed street would have had access points at both Kemp Road and North Fairfield Road, according to Beavercreek city records.
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Multiple messages left over the past week for Andria Morgan, spokeswoman for Raising Cane’s local franchisee RCO Limited, were not returned.
RCO Limited went on to open its first Dayton-area location in late June 2017 on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. Morgan has said RCO Limited’s plans call for adding more Dayton-area locations.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers operates multiple restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and opened a restaurant in Fairfield in October 2016.
Morgan has said RCO Limited has found a very loyal customer base as it has opened stores in Ohio. In 2004, the franchisee opened the first Raising Cane’s outside of Louisiana when it launched its first Ohio location in Columbus.
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The chain prides itself on a limited menu and a simple concept, focused on chicken fingers, made “fresh, never frozen,” marinated for 24 hours, then hand-battered and cooked to order. Also featured on the menu are crinkle-cut fries, cole slaw, Texas Toast and sauces that are made in-house every day.
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The chicken-restaurant market is becoming intensely competitive in the Dayton area, which has added more than a dozen new restaurants from national chains, regional start-ups and local, independent operators in the last three years.