Archive for Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Basehor’s Sonic to open soon

October 23, 2002

In about a week, Basehor's first fast-food restaurant should open.

A new Sonic Drive-In is under construction between Citizens Savings and Loan and Community National Bank at Basehor Town Square, 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.

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

Briley said the Basehor restaurant will have 50 employees, the majority of whom are from Basehor.

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

And Sonic isn't the only new business opening in the city.

Basehor Town Square owner Debbie Breuer said Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta also would open a store there when construction of the shopping center is completed. Mark Matheson, owner of the Mr. Goodcents in Tonganoxie, will develop the Basehor location, Breuer said.

In addition to Mr. Goodcents, Breuer said, a liquor store will open inside the 25,500-square-foot shopping center. Construction will begin in coming months on an automatic car wash, just west of Kelly's Bar and Grill.

The shopping center, which is undergoing renovation following a fire last December, will accommodate about 14 businesses. Breuer said negotiations are under way with several other firms, but she declined to be specific about those businesses.

A grocery store is not in the works for the shopping center, Breuer said. Bichelmeyer Brothers grocery closed after the December fire, leaving Basehor without a food store.

Renovation of Basehor Town Square should be complete in December, and Breuer said a grand opening could be scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Dec. 15 fire.

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