Archive for Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Sonic drives in to Basehor

July 10, 2002

America's favorite drive-in is coming to Basehor.

Sonic, the drive-in fast food chain, is scheduled to begin construction in the coming weeks.

The restaurant will be located between Citizens Savings and Loan and Community National Bank at the Basehor shopping complex, 155th Street and Kansas Highway 24/40.

Sonic developer/owner Bart Briley, an Olathe resident, is a supervising partner in a group that develops the restaurants.

The group has developed Sonic restaurants at 25 different locations, including the Tonganoxie site, and in four different states, Briley said.

Briley said Basehor has been a target area for the group.

"We have the one down in Tonganoxie so we've been watching Basehor as well as the (Kansas Speedway) racetrack," Briley said.

"Sonic is tailored for the small town atmosphere," he added.

The Sonic site will entail approximately 30,000 square feet and feature 20 drive-in stalls, according to plans submitted to the city.

The restaurant will also have 10 employees, Briley said.

The development group hopes to have the restaurant open for business soon.

"Hopefully we'll start construction the first part of August and be open by either the end of September or the beginning of October," Briley said.

Sonic isn't the only fast food chain coming to Basehor. It was recently announced that Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta would locate in the Basehor shopping center when construction to the building is complete.

Both the city and the Basehor Chamber of Commerce are enthused about the new restaurants locating in Basehor.

"It'll provide sales tax that's been missing since the shopping center (fire on Dec. 15) and provide jobs and an additional place for residents to eat," said Mike Hooper, Basehor City Codes Administrator.

Kathi Bontrager, Basehor Chamber of Commerce president, said the organization welcomes any and all new businesses to the city.

"Basically any addition to the business community is great and we look forward to having them," she said.

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