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Runza no more: Popular Nebraska-based sandwich chain no longer coming to Cheyenne after lot sold

A Runza sandwich with a side order of Frings, or french fries and onion rings combined. (Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For those in Cheyenne who were hoping to get a taste of a Nebraska fast food staple in the city sometime soon, prepare to be disappointed.

Runza, a Lincoln, Nebraska–based restaurant chain that had announced late last year that it was looking to open its first Wyoming location in Cheyenne, told Cap City News on Thursday that it had sold the undeveloped lot on Dell Range Boulevard that had been the projected site of the store.

The site on 2800 W. Lincolnway St. has since been purchased by a different Nebraska company, First National Bank of Omaha, and a spokesperson with the bank confirmed Thursday that it had recently closed its purchase of the land.

The company completed a merger with the Laramie-based Western States Bank, which operates two Cheyenne locations, earlier this year, and First National Bank of Omaha said it was unable to give a timeline of when it expected a future branch to be built on the property.

A Runza spokesperson noted in an email to Cap City News that the company couldn’t find a qualified franchise applicant ahead of First National Bank of Omaha inquiring to purchase the proposed restaurant site.

Runza is best known for its namesake sandwiches — which, at their simplest form, are a bread roll stuffed with beef, onions and cabbage — and other fast-food fare like burgers and French fries. The chain currently operates locations in four states, though the vast majority of restaurants are located in Nebraska.