Archive for Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Sonic, Basehor Town Square prepare for openings

October 16, 2002

The city of Basehor's first fast-food restaurant, Sonic, should be open in two weeks, said Bart Briley, restaurant developer/owner.

"The only holdup we're having is getting water and our contractor has two weeks left," Briley said. "We should be open the week of the (Oct.) 28th or around there."

The restaurant is located between Citizens Savings and Loan and Community National Bank at the Basehor Town Square, 155th Street and Kansas Highway 24/40.

Briley, an Olathe resident, is the supervising partner in a group that develops restaurants. The group has developed Sonic restaurants at 25 different locations, including Tonganoxie.

Briley said the restaurant has 50 employees, the majority of which are from Basehor.

"They're mostly high school students," he said.

The Sonic site entails approximately 30,000 square feet and features 20 drive-in stalls, according to plans.

But Sonic isn't the only new restaurant or business coming to the city.

Basehor Town Square owner Debbie Breuer said Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta would would also open a store there when construction is completed.

The same owner of the Mr. Goodcents in Tonganoxie will develop the Basehor location, Breuer said.

In addition to the sandwich shop, Breuer said a liquor store will also be located inside the 25,500 square foot shopping center.

An automatic car wash, located just west of Kelly's Bar and Grill, is also slated to begin construction in coming months. The car wash will accommodate cars, trucks, tractors and recreational vehicles.

Approximately 14 businesses will be located inside the Town Square. Deals are pending on several, but cannot yet be announced, Breuer said.

"We'll have lots of other tenants that would be good for Basehor," Breuer said, listing businesses such as a dry cleaner, beauty shop, video store and dentist office as examples of what could locate to the Town Square.

"We're always looking at other shopping centers to see what would be good for Basehor," she added.

One business that won't be returning to the shopping center is a grocery store, Breuer said.

Renovations to the Town Square have been ongoing since a fire destroyed the building Dec. 15. Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said the fire was arson.

Breuer said the fire is still an open investigation.

The Basehor Town Square should be open in December, and Breuer said a grand opening could be scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the fire.

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