Owners of the Sonic in Sanger have come to an agreement to purchase the land just west of the current location and right off 10th Street. It’s the property where the old Chevrolet Dealership building was demolished this year with the future expansion of FM 455 by TxDOT.
An assistant manager at Sonic of Sanger confirmed that Sonic will be closed in January 2020. That is the TxDOT deadline as crews will come in and start to move utilities for the widening of FM 455 from Marion Road, just east of Sanger High School to the 4-way stop in Bolivar. Unfortunately, that means most of the of Sonic employees will be looking for new jobs when it closes. The TxDOT Right of Way (ROW) reaches the Sonic building. The original plan was to rebuild and turn it from north-south to east and west. But the downside was losing several vehicle spaces for customers to order their food and drinks.
Meanwhile, the Sanger Sonic along with Krum and Denton were sold by Gene Gumfory. It was bought by a group and is controlled by the Sonic Corporate office in Oklahoma City. Lynn Stucky, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for the 64th District in Denton County and long-time resident of Sanger owns the property right next to Sonic, which is 0.56 acre. He confirmed on Tuesday that he has reached an agreement with the Sonic Corporate representatives on a sale price. He said Sonic wanted to do core samples of the soil to make sure it’s not contaminated and confirm from TxDOT the two entrances from this property that connects to 10th Street and FM 455. They are testing the soil because the old Chevrolet Dealership was on this location for several years and the building was just torn down this year.
“These things take time,” Stucky, said. I think it is a great location for them, especially with the expansion of I-35, as well.” In the I-35 expansion, the Shell station between Stucky’s property and the highway will be taken by TxDOT’s (ROW). He confirmed that Sonic plans on using both properties when they rebuild. That’s a timeline that is up in the air as of now.
Most people remember when Miguelito’s leased a building where Jack In The Box is now located. They had to close and couldn’t find another location in Sanger. They opened in Krum before building an new restaurant back in Sanger that they own.
Sonic has the luxury of being able to buy more property, as well as getting money from the state for the (ROW). Odds are the new Sonic will be finished sometime in 2020.