Raising Cane’s to open in February; franchise founder has ties to Springfield

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is expected to open mid to late February in Springfield, Michael Williams, the marketing manager for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers locations in the Cincinnati and Dayton area said.

“We’re always looking for great new communities to roll out a new Raising Cane’s,” Williams said.

He added that the Springfield area is a familiar territory to Tim McCarthy, the founder of RCO Limited, which is the Ohio franchise partner of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

“Our franchise founder, Timmy McCarthy, actually went to Wittenberg, so Springfield holds a special place in his heart,” Williams said. “It’s been on the list for a long time.”

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The construction area for the restaurant is located at the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Albemarle Road behind a shopping center that Alex Dietz, the economic development coordinator for Clark County said previously housed Soap Box Cleaning Center and Just Smokes.

Dietz said he believes there has not been a mailing address assigned to the Raising Cane’s location.

Raising Cane’s is planning to begin building in early September, Williams said.

According to the Clark County Auditor’s Office, three parcels of land including 1329-1347 W. First St. was sold from SFL Properties LLC to Springfield Real Estate Holdings LLC, a company affiliated with Raising Cane’s, for $870,000 on April 24.

Dietz said the company bought additional parcels behind the shopping center for $126,000.

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“It’s my understanding that they are going to be where that (the shopping center) is,” Dietz said.

The restaurant will have a double drive-thru with an indoor dining area - similar to the other Dayton area locations, Williams explained. The restaurant will also employ 80 to 90 local individuals.

“We’re just excited to be coming to the community,” Williams said. “Our big focus is making these restaurants feel very local. We’re not a franchise that you will see on every corner.”

The Springfield location will have 30 to 40 pieces of local graphics to showcase the community inside the restaurant, Williams said.

He added that they want to make the business feel like a “hometown restaurant.”

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has two nearby locations in Beavercreek and Centerville. A third location in Huber Heights will open July 14 and a fourth location is in construction near Wright State University.

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