March 03, 2017
Readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal have made known what brands and retailers still need to be introduced in the valley. More than 1,000 people voted in the online RJ poll on what businesses they'd like to see most.
The winner - Whataburger - with 37% of the vote. The closest Texas-based burger chain is located in Arizona. Publix, which is a supermarket based in Florida, got 16% of the vote, making it second on the list. Portillo's came in third at 13%.
Reader Les Seifert said Portillo's would do extremely well in the suburbs.
A Publix spokesperson said the supermarket chain would be expanding its business to six Southeastern states, entering the Virginia market in 2017. Spokeswomen Maria Brous said it was an honor to be mentioned in an area that's currently not being served by the supermarket. She said there were no current plans to expand that way but glad the invite was open.
Some of the readers wrote in that they wanted Bubba Gump Shrimp and White Castle. Bubba Gump Shrimp does have a location in Laughlin.
According to Chris Knepper, the chain could reduce its prices by operating in a less expensive location.
Other brands mentioned included the German discount stir Aldi and Texas Roadhouse. A spokesperson for the steakhouse restaurant said the company often hears from Las Vegas travelers and locals about Valley location.
Travis Doster said the company currently has a restaurant in Reno, but although it'd like to enter the Las Vegas market, there are no plans yet. Doster said they were honored to be mentioned in the poll for things people want to have. It's a real honor for a restaurant, he said.