EDMONTON — Alberta’s first IHOP restaurant hasn’t even opened its doors in Edmonton, but the anticipation is as high as a stack of the U.S. chain’s signature pancakes.
IHOP — International House of Pancakes — will open a 190-seat, 7,000-square-foot eatery Dec. 20 at 3921 Calgary Trail in a former White Spot.
But passersby have noticed the signs and its iconic blue roof and are excitedly Tweeting and e-mailing about IHOP coming to town.
“The comments are ‘IHOP? You’re kidding. Finally,’ ” said John Sikking, vice-president of operations for Lethbridge-based Parkerhouse Holdings, which owns the franchise rights for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
“We’ve actually had e-mails from people asking when we’re opening and telling us about stories about things like their grandmother and every time they go to the States, they have to stop at IHOP because it’s a tradition.
“There’s name recognition from when people go down to the U.S.”