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By Mitchell Roland - Staff Reporter

Students will soon have access to local burgers and fries near campus.

Dick's Drive-in is on track to open its first south end outlet near Highline this November, just south of Lowes.

Construction on the Dick's Drive-in will be com- plete in mid-to-late Novem- ber and open shortly there- after, said Jasmine Donovan, executive vice president of dicks drive-in Restaurants.

With the Kent location, Dick's is expanding its brand to the south end.

"We found with our Ed- monds location that a lot of people outside of Seattle like our burgers fries and shakes that live beyond that Seattle area," Donovan said.

With its first foray into the South Sound, the con- struction of Dick's new lo- cation has been relatively painless.

"[The City of Kent] re- sponded quickly to requests made by our construction team, and have been clear and up-front with communica- tion. They have streamlined the permitting process [and] that has been great," Donovan said.

Dick's chose Kent after a highly publicized search, first for a new location. After choosing South King County, the company settled on Kent.

It will be the company's seventh location, including five in Seattle and the one in Edmonds.

Beyond burgers and fries, Dick's is known for employ- ing students and reinvesting in their employees.

Dick's is known for offering scholarships to its employees who are enrolled in college.

The new Kent location has filled 22 positions and plans to hire an additional 20 more, Donovan said.

With the new location set to open soon, Donovan said that Dick's is open to more expansion in the future.

"We won't know the next step until we open our Kent location and measure its success," she said. "We do hope to build and open more stores, but we take it one location at a time."

The grand opening for the Kent location is ten- tatively scheduled for around Thanksgiving and details will be announced through Facebook and In- stagram, Donovan said.

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