Rally’s looks to open Sept. 29


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Construction on the Leitchfield Rally’s location is nearing completion, and the restaurant is expected to open at the end of this month.


The Leitchfield Rally’s restaurant is projected to open on Tuesday, Sept. 29, officials announced this week.

Rally’s approved the site for purchase last year, and construction began to convert the former Sonic, located at 511 South Main St., into Rally’s on June 30.

The restaurant—which serves fully seasoned and made to order burgers, fries, sodas, handmade shakes, chicken wings, and its “famous seasoned fries”—is expected to be completed by the end of this month, Checkers and Rally’s Vice President of Franchise Development Jennifer Durham said.

Traditionally, when opening a new location, Durham said, Rally’s will hire close to 40 or 50 new employees, and she expects that same number will likely be hired at the Leitchfield location, as well.

Employees will be hired to cover Rally’s three major shifts: lunch, dinner, and late night, the latter of which time often sees the restaurant do a large portion of its business, Durham said.

“We’re a big late night brand,” Durham said.

Hours have not yet been set for the Leitchfield location, but other Kentucky locations remain open until 12 a.m. or 1 a.m. during the week and as late as 3 a.m. on the weekends, she said.

The new Leitchfield Rally’s will be a single drive-thru restaurant, with the option of walk-up business, as well. Customers wishing to dine at the restaurant will also have the option of dining outdoors, Durham said.

The local Rally’s restaurant is opening thanks to franchise partners Rajiv Johar, who is the financial partner, and Jerry Holt, who is the operating partner, said Durham, adding that Johar and Holt have had previous successes with opening franchise restaurants in Kentucky.

“We’re excited about Jerry and Rajiv,” Durham said. “They have very high customer satisfaction scores.”

Durham also said Rally’s is currently accepting more franchise applications in every major market, including in and around Leitchfield.

“As a brand, we have 807 restaurants across the country,” Durham said. “We offer very high returns for franchisees.”

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Construction on the Leitchfield Rally’s location is nearing completion, and the restaurant is expected to open at the end of this month.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Rallys-Nearly-Finished.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Construction on the Leitchfield Rally’s location is nearing completion, and the restaurant is expected to open at the end of this month.

By Matt Lasley

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