Development on Wichita's west side continues to grow

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Dozens of people camped out to win one years worth of free Chick-Fil- A at the restaurant chain's new location in west Wichita.

There are a lot of new and existing businesses growing in the Wichita area. More than a dozen food options moved into the west side within the past decade.

On Thursday, Chick-Fil-A is opening its third stand-alone location. The doors open for the first 100 at 6 a.m. About 100 people are camping out for their chance to win free food from the franchise for one year.

More than half of the campers have been at the Maple and Ridge location since Wednesday.

"The joke in Wichita is what else are you going to do but go eat? That's what we tell people who aren't from here. It's like "What do you do in Wichita?" Well, we go eat ot get outside or something. There's a lot of places and a lot of choices and a lot of new stuff coming up," says Chriss Bennett.

Wichita State and The Greater Wichita Partnership provided data that shows since 2010, the area around the airport grew in population more rapidly than other parts of the state

The City of Wichita says some of that growth could be from the new airport but some blame the expansion on population growth.

The west side of town has added several new businesses lately.

"It's actually really nice. It used to be McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Carlos O'Kelleys, Applebees, all the staples. Now there's a big variety," says Evan Dean.

The new restaurants and retail options nearby enhances options for travelers and for people who currently live in the area. It is booming with business and Wichitans are certainly noticing.