IHOP moves ahead with Dayton-area expansion plans

The opening three months ago of the first IHOP restaurant in the Dayton area in nearly three decades has been a success, and plans are moving forward to expand the breakfast chain’s footprint in the Miami Valley.

“We’re very excited about the performance of our most recent IHOP development in Beavercreek as well as what is to come in 2016,” said Jamila Hull, spokeswoman for Prestige Development Group/PDG Inc., the company developing this region’s IHOPs.

IHOP opened the first of a planned seven locations in the Dayton region on Oct. 12 at 2460 N. Fairfield Road in Beavercreek. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant, located in an outlot in front of a Target store across from the Mall at Fairfield Commons, seats 187 and employs about 120.

PDG is in the process of finalizing a deal for a second location, Hull said.

“We are closing on some land and are waiting for our agreement to go through,” she said. “Believe us when we say that pancakes are coming. More pancakes, that is.”

The Dayton area had multiple IHOP locations in the 1970s and ’80s, including one near Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall and one on Shiloh Springs Road near the former Salem Mall, but those restaurants closed more than 25 years ago.

IHOP operates multiple franchise restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati markets. But prior to the opening of the Beavercreek restaurant, the closest IHOPs to Dayton are in West Chester, Mason and Richmond, Ind.