Archive for Thursday, June 9, 2005

New owner acquiring Dairy Queen

June 9, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: June 9, 2005, 10:30 a.m.

Those missing a local source for satisfying their craving for frozen summer treats like the Blizzard will be happy to know that the Dairy Queen at 402 N. Main St. will reopen next month.

The store, closed since last year, will reopen after the middle of July under new ownership and management.

Steve Hammeke, who owns and operates a Dairy Queen at 103 E. Front St. in Bonner Springs, is in the process of acquiring the Lansing store and property and said he will manage the two stores with his son, Ryan.

"The last owners just hired people to run it for them," Hammeke said. "They could have run it better."

Hammeke said that he would be more actively involved in managing the store than its last owner and that he would base the business on how he has run his store in Bonner Springs for the last 12 years.

The Bonner Springs Dairy Queen, Hammeke said, was listed among the company's top 10 producing stores out of more than 5,700 in the country.

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