Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Sonic looks to grow with Basehor, Tonganoxie

April 17, 2002

Sonic Drive-In is looking for sites east of Tonganoxie, and Basehor is on the fast-food restaurant's list.

"We are trying to get a location there," said Charlie Krout, who is supervising partner of Tonganoxie's Sonic. "We're still in negotiations. We thought we had it nailed down. At the last minute, it fell through. We're still kind of up in the air."

Krout, who would be supervising partner of a new store, said he's not working under any specific timetable.

"It would be more toward the end of the year," he said.

Although he sees some advantages to opening a new restaurant on U.S. Highway 24-40, he also believes a Sonic at other Basehor locations could thrive.

"We're not really picky right now as far as location as long as we see it's something we can work with," he said.

If he and his partners are not successful in securing land in Basehor, he said they would look farther east. Krout said Basehor is increasingly attractive for business.

"It is growing and there are going to be more subdivisions and houses going in," he said. "I feel like this business (in Tonganoxie) is drawing from all over right now. I feel Basehor and Tonganoxie can support a second Sonic over there. I'd like to get a highway location, but if we had to go in town a little bit, that wouldn't be bad, either. I think it would go over real well. The population is growing so fast between here and Basehor and I think there's room for additional businesses."

He said at least a half-acre site would be needed for a new Sonic restaurant.

"We can work with anything," he said about the configuration of the site. "We design these to fit the site. If we can't get what we want, we alter the design a little bit."

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