Turkey Hill with IHOP drive-thru coming to Dublin

A. Kevin Corvo
ThisWeek group

Got a craving for IHOP pancakes any hour of the day or night or on the go?

The new Turkey Hill in Dublin will have you covered.

The Turkey Hill convenience store and gas station, with an IHOP drive-thru, will be built at the southwest corner of Avery and Shier Rings roads in Dublin.

The IHOP will be branded as Flip'd by IHOP, said Lindsay Weisenauer, a public-information officer for Dublin.

The Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for the Turkey Hill gas station and its two accompanying restaurants Feb. 4.

“It will be a welcome addition to that side of the highway,” commission member Mark Supelak said about the facility's construction south of U.S. Route 33.

A Turkey Hill convenience store and gas station, which will include an IHOP drive-thru, will be built at the southwest corner of Avery and Shier Rings roads in Dublin.

The 7,600-square-foot Turkey Hill will include a 3,100-square-foot car wash on 5 ½ acres. The gas station will have 10 pumps, 20 fueling spaces and 60 parking spaces.

In addition to an IHOP Flip'd drive-thru, a Sbarro pizzeria will operate inside the convenience store, said Manuel Paiva, chief real-estate officer for EG America, the parent company of Turkey Hill.

IHOP Flip'd customers will be required to order in advance, either by calling or using the IHOP mobile app, and completed orders would be picked at the takeout window, Paiva said.

It will be the first time IHOP, a pancake-house chain that specializes in breakfast food, has used such a process, according to Paiva.

According to IHOP.com, the restaurant chain announced in December plans for Flip'd, a new brand that aims "to fill a gap in the restaurant space by focusing on freshly made breakfast foods and beverages with speed and convenience."

Lunch and dinner items also will be available at Flip'd, according to the company's announcement.

Before the announcement of the IHOP drive-thru occupying the Turkey Hill location, a Taco John's restaurant was under early consideration but no longer is in the offing, Weisenauer said. Taco John's is a Wyoming-based fast-food restaurant featuring Mexican fare.

The Turkey Hill and IHOP Flip'd will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, said Nichole Martin, a planner for the city of Dublin.

The car wash, which would be staffed at all times, will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Martin said.

Three structures on the parcel will be demolished to make way for the new construction.

Access to the new Turkey Hill from Shier Rings Road will be right-in, right-out only, with turning access from the Avery Road driveway, Martin said.

Commission member Leo Grimes said the project is being advanced “at just the right time,” as the extension of a sanitary sewer line to the site, for which the developer will reimburse the city $32,000, will help further development in the area.

Turkey Hill operates about 1,700 stores in 31 states and is headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, said Steven Fuller, vice president of real-estate development and acquisition for EG America.

Turkey Hill has 17 locations in central Ohio but none in the Dublin market.

“We’re excited to be (in Dublin),” Fuller said.

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