Maybe if we scream? DQ, Braum’s pursue sites in Goddard

By Sam Jack

GODDARD – If all goes well, Goddard could soon have both a Braum’s and a Dairy Queen.

Both restaurants are looking at building on lots near Walmart, and both have recently had business before the Goddard Planning Commission.

Braum’s requested a zoning variance that would allow it to build a sign up to 35 feet tall, and up to 350 square feet in total surface area. A public hearing on the request is scheduled for Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m.

“If they get (the variance), they’re that much closer to coming,” said Tim Johnson, Goddard’s community development director.

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On Monday, June 11, the Goddard Planning Commission approved a site plan for the new Dairy Queen, to be located immediately west of the Murphy’s gas station. The Dairy Queen would be the “Grill & Chill” version of the franchise, with hot food as well as frozen treats.

Neither the site plan nor the variance request is a sure sign that the restaurants will actually be built, according to Goddard community development director Tim Johnson.

“Until building permits are pulled, we’re just in the process to try to make some things happen. But the permits aren’t pulled, and they may or may not occur,” he said.

All Braum’s locations are corporate-owned and operated. Dairy Queen sells franchises; the site plan that the commission approved on June 11 was submitted by Rocky Road Development.

Dwayne Dugan, son of Goddard Galleria landowner John Dugan, is serving as realtor for both projects. He said he is pleased with how things have been going as he works to bring businesses to the area.

“There’s another good (business) coming, too, but I’m not at liberty to say just yet. Everyone will really enjoy it, if it goes through,” Dugan said.