Arby’s to expand to Brandon in new retail center

Feb. 21, 2018

Brandon’s population growth is being rewarded with another national fast-food restaurant chain.

Arby’s plans to open later this year in a retail center that will be built on Splitrock Boulevard, a few blocks south of Interstate 90.

“We’ve looked at Brandon for some time,” said Joe James, president of American Roast Beef Inc., the franchise group that operates Arby’s in Sioux Falls. “With 10,000 people, that’s kind of the magic number.”

The land at the northwest corner of Splitrock and Keystone is larger than what’s needed for the restaurant, so the group decided to form Brandon Properties to build a larger retail center. Arby’s, which will have a drive-thru, will take 2,800-square feet of the 8,000-square-foot building, so there will be room for one or two other tenants, James said.

“We’re hoping to capitalize on getting some renters,” he said. “We’re just starting to look now. Other retailers would be nice.”

Construction is expected to begin in mid-April, and the goal is to be open by the end of September.

Arby’s will need about 25 employees, including a full-time store manager and four shift managers, James said.

The Brandon restaurant will be the 12th location for American Roast Beef. The franchise group has sites in eastern South Dakota, Oacoma and Worthington, Minn.

No other restaurant sites are in development yet, but another one in Sioux Falls is a possibility, James said.

Brandon has a handful of national and regional restaurant chains: McDonald’s, Taco John’s, Subway, Pizza Ranch, Marco’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s, Scooter’s Coffee, B&G Milkyway and El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant.

Arby’s to expand to Brandon in new retail center

Brandon’s population growth is being rewarded with another national fast-food restaurant chain.

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