Fast food options have expanded once again in Shelby with the grand opening of an Arby’s restaurant on Mansfield Avenue.
Almost two weeks after the restaurant’s opening on Jan. 6, city and county officials alongside Arby’s team members cut a ribbon on Thursday to mark the official grand opening. The 2,000 square-foot restaurant has a double lane drive-through and 38 employees.
“It didn’t seem that long ago that we stood out here with shovels and hardhats breaking ground,” said Shelby Mayor Steve Schag. “We’re so pleased to have this establishment on Mansfield Avenue.”
Arby’s officially broke ground on the property at 234 Mansfield Avenue on Sept. 6. It’s the 10th Arby’s franchise for owner David Giesen, who owns the most Arby’s franchises in Ohio and has been with the restaurant since 1992.
“As we try to grow, we look for communities that are maybe underserved in terms of another brand,” Giesen said. “Mansfield Avenue has great traffic and it’s burger, burger, burger, and Arby’s usually does well in those environments where we can offer some variety.”
Schag echoed Giesen’s sentiments about bringing dining variety to the city of Shelby.
“Having these different establishments up and down Mansfield Avenue and giving our folks some dining choices is going to be a great thing for Shelby and the area community,” Schag said.
So far, the new restaurant has been positively received in the community.
“The customers all seem to be excited, and everybody is super nice,” said general manager Casondra Edwards. “I’ve actually really enjoyed the customers here in this area.”
Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., or simply Arby’s, is the second-largest quick-service fast-food sandwich restaurant chain in the U.S. and third in terms of revenue. The chain has approximately 3,200 restaurants worldwide and 272 in the state of Ohio; in fact, Arby’s was founded in Youngstown, Ohio by Leroy and Forrest Raffel in July 1964.
“The values are dream big, which you have done, and get it done, which they did, play fair and have fun, and make a difference,” Schag said. “We believe Arby’s will make a difference here in the city of Shelby.”
The property at 234 Mansfield Avenue has been owned by WXZ Development, Inc. since approximately 2008, who also handled the design and building process of the new Arby’s.
Giesen hopes to continue to expand his Arby’s franchises in Ohio.
“We’re always looking for these kind of opportunities,” Giesen said. “We’re really excited to be here to serve the community, and we look forward to folks coming in and trying us out.”