The first of at least three Buffalo Niagara regional Qdoba Mexican Eats is slated to open on Feb. 25.
Qdoba will be opening in Benderson Development’s LaSalle Center shopping center. Qboda is one of several national fast-food chains to make come online in recent months, another example of how national retailers and restaurant operators moving into the region. Qdoba is coming to Niagara Falls in late February.
“Qdoba is extremely committed to the communities where we do business, and we are excited to introduce Western New Yorkers to the restaurant for the first time,” said Josephine Chang, Qdoba Brand Manager, New Markets.
Besides the Niagara Falls location, Qboda will be opening in other Benderson-owned plazas near the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and Boulevard Mall area in Amherst. A Transit Road site is also under consideration.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), Qdboda is known for such items as a three-cheese Queso and hand-smashed guacamole.
Qdoba has been one of the most sought after national chains by local residents.
It is possible, Qboda’s local success may open the door for Jack in the Box to enter the Buffalo Niagara marketplace.
Qdoba has already established local ties, creating a partnership with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on its Feb. 25 opening day, 20 percent of all net sales will be donated to the hospital, officials said.
Founded in 1995, Qdoba has more than 600 restaurants in 47 states and Canada.