An Arby’s restaurant is being constructed in an outlot in front of Big G Ace in Hastings.

Arby’s is opening a restaurant on the north side of Hastings in an outlot at Big G Ace Hardware and the plan is to keep the Arby’s on South Burlington Avenue open, as well.

Greg Lundell, who operates the current Arby’s restaurant at 401 S. Burlington Ave., confirmed via email that the new restaurant will be a second location.

Lundell is chief operations officer for MTG Inc., a family-owned and operated company based in Kearney that operates three Arby’s, a Dairy Queen and two motels in Hastings, Kearney, North Platte and Norfolk.

Lundell wrote that MTG purchased the original Hastings Arby’s location in 1990 and the company plans to keep it open under the current management.

“Kim Karabel has been managing that location for more than 20 years,” Lundell wrote. “She has a great team, and her restaurant is consistently ranked in the top 5% of all Arby’s locations nationally.”

Discussions for the new restaurant location began in January.

Lundell worked with Gretchen Esch at Town & Country Realty to find a good location on the north side of town and she approached Bob Foote, store owner of Big G Ace Hardware, 3203 Osborne Drive West.

“The Foote family is well respected and has deep roots in the Hastings business community,” Lundell wrote. “We are thrilled to be their new neighbor.”

Foote said the sale of the outlot was completed in July. He feels the new restaurant will bolster his own business, as well.

“We think that it benefits us by bringing additional traffic to our parking lot and brings a lot more attention to our area,” Foote said. “We had plans to sell an outlot for a while because we didn’t need that entire parking lot. We were holding out for a restaurant and hoping for something similar to that.”

Foote said the company has been adapting its retail space for some time now. They subdivided the building to bring in Twin Rivers Urgent Care and will soon be adding a radiology clinic.

“In this day and age, we need to be as efficient as we can with our space,” he said. “As business has changed, we’ve done our best to change with it.”

Site preparation began in late September. Duncan Theis Construction Inc. of Kearney is the general contractor for the building and it is scheduled to open in April.

Once open, Lundell said the new store will employ about the same number of people as the Burlington location, 20 to 25 employees.

Lundell thinks the new location will be successful.

“We are thankful for the support of the Hastings community for the last 29 years and hope that the new Arby’s location will be more convenient for those who live and work on the north side of town,” he wrote.

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