Business owner returning home from Middle East
Mr. Goodcents owner ran missions into Iraq
Tony Rider, a local business proprietor, was scheduled to return home Wednesday after an eight-month stint as an anti-tank platoon section leader in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rider, a Shawnee resident with close ties to Basehor and Bonner Springs, is the owner of Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta restaurants in Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kan. He is also president of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.
The reserve sergeant was scheduled to return to Kansas City on Wednesday, Oct. 8. He departed for the Middle East in March and while stationed in Kuwait, his unit ran missions into Iraq.
This is Rider's second stint fighting in the Middle East: he spent five months in Iraq during the Desert Storm operations in 1991.
Rider's wife, Tracy, said she and her family are relieved that Tony has come home.
"He's home and we can start living our lives again," Tracy Rider said.
Rider, a member of both the Basehor and Bonner Springs Chamber of Commerces, has owned and operated the Kansas City, Kan., store for five years and the Bonner Springs location for seven years.
In his absence, Tracy Rider managed the two sandwich shops and their 25 employees, a job she gladly relinquish to her husband when he's ready, she said.
"Everything is still standing and we're still OK," Tracy said. "But he's much better at this job than I am."