Remodeled Runza Entices More Customers

4 Jan 2016

One week after the new Orscheln’s store opened, an expanded Runza store opened a few blocks east.


Runza Store Manager Nicolle Vanderlinde said a crowd was waiting when the store at 319 Nobes re-opened Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., and customers have been steady since that time.


“Runza has been part of the Holdrege community since 1986. We are proud that franchisee Walt Catlett and his family invested in our future and appreciate the patience of our customers throughout the process,” said Donald Everett, Jr., president of Runza National.


The new expanded restaurant seats 58 people compared to the previous location that seated about 40. The new construction also made it possible to extend the drive-through lane to allow more cars into the lane at one time.


The old Runza store was demolished in April to make way for the new modern-looking restaurant that features a more private dining area and larger restrooms.


“They really like the new look,” Vanderlinde said of the customers reactions.


Although she didn’t have official numbers of increased customers, Vanderlinde said the Runza staff is making more chili and larger batches of Runza filling than previously. They also have seen an increase in school bus customers. The store employs between 15-20 workers.