Tom Metzger, of the Boulder firm Laurus Associates, LLC, presents plans for development near Wal-Mart during Thursday's Craig Chamber of Commerce Wake-up Craig Breakfast. The retail building he's presenting would encompass about 9,750 square feet and contain five to seven spaces for small retail shops and stores. Each space would be between 1,300 and 2,000 square feet. Sonic is a franchise seeking to build in that area.

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Tom Metzger, of the Boulder firm Laurus Associates, LLC, presents plans for development near Wal-Mart during Thursday's Craig Chamber of Commerce Wake-up Craig Breakfast. The retail building he's presenting would encompass about 9,750 square feet and contain five to seven spaces for small retail shops and stores. Each space would be between 1,300 and 2,000 square feet. Sonic is a franchise seeking to build in that area.

Sonic has plans for Craig

Fast-food franchise seeks to build on land in front of Wal-Mart

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— Years of speculation have led to this: The rumors are true.

After three years of interest and waiting for the opportune moment, a business partnership hopes to begin building a Sonic fast-food franchise in Craig next spring.

"They have an application sitting on my desk," said Dave Costa, Craig community development director. Costa also is the city's planning and zoning official.

Craig Drive-In, LLP, and managing partner Dean Sigler, of Colorado Springs, are the forces behind the application, which includes detailed site plans, Costa said.

The Sonic franchise is planned for the front east corner of Victory Way and West Sixth Avenue, the intersection in front of the Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

According to literature distributed at the Craig Chamber of Commerce Wake-Up Craig breakfast Thursday, there are four additional plots along Victory Way in front of Wal-Mart for sale or lease.

Sonic's arrival has been awhile in the making, Sigler said.

"We've been looking at Craig for about three years," Sigler said. "With the new Wal-Mart moving in there, and the current business economy, it just seemed like the right time."

Sigler and other partners own four Sonic franchises on the Western Slope, including one in Rangely and one in Rock Springs, he said.

"We're kind of expanding throughout western Colorado as lots become available and the demographics look good," he said.

The Craig franchise site plans call for a traditional drive-thru and carhop Sonic as opposed to the rare sit-in establishment, Sigler said.

Costa and the Craig Planning and Zoning Committee will review the site plans Jan. 21. The Committee makes a recommendation to the Craig City Council whether to approve or not, Costa said.

The Council will look at the plans at its meeting Feb. 12.

"If the City Council approves the site plan, then they could start construction in March if they wanted to," Costa said.

If approved, the builders are restricted to build exactly what the plans specify within a 10 percent window, Costa said. For instance, if the builders had a 1,000-square-foot wall painted brown in the plans, they could paint 100 square feet blue pending Costa's approval.

Outside of that 10 percent, the plans have to be resubmitted to the city and go through the city's approval process again.

Costa was "very happy" with the plans on his desk, he said.

"They're really exceeding our minimum requirements" such as parking and landscaping, Costa said. "I have no negative comments, only positive comments, and I will be recommending we approve."

The Sonic franchise would be in addition to a retail building, which already has received unanimous approval from the City Council for the development's site plan.

That retail building would be located on Wal-Mart's east side and would encompass about 9,750 square feet and contain five to seven spaces for small retail shops and stores. Each space would be between 1,300 and 2,000 square feet, said developer Tom Metzger, of the Boulder firm, Laurus Associates, LLC.

He also said the building would house a "variety of tenants" at Tuesday's Council meeting, and he has had inquiries from people interested in locating a sandwich shop and cellular telephone wireless store there.

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

Comments

animalfarm 6 years, 6 months ago

Oklahoma has a Sonic about every 2 square miles, they also land in the top ten of obese states! Watch out Craig, CO.

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corduroy 6 years, 6 months ago

I'd drive to Craig for a Sonic! All those TV commercials make me jealous, I've never been to one

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twostroketerror 6 years, 6 months ago

Would have been nice for us instead of another Subway

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lettinuknow 6 years, 6 months ago

Give me a break born and raised in Oklahoma (not obese either, amazing) and there is NOT one every two square miles. Poor poor health junky, no one can learn to eat in moderation? Watch out Craig might have Steamboat people coming your way to eat, that's more of a threat!

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 6 months ago

I'll be going to Craig for Sonic!! Got to go to one in Cortez last year for the first time and loved it!

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mud 6 years, 6 months ago

Mega Wal-Mart and Sonic all in one day? I can't wait!

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 6 months ago

Mud- That's what I'm sayin'!!! Craig might just become my new Silverthorne!

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dave reynolds 6 years, 6 months ago

oh boy cannt wait.agree sonic instead of another subway..and love commercials

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JazzSlave 6 years, 6 months ago

Never ate at Sonic. Is a typical burger & fries kind of joint?

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 6 months ago

Jazz- They have burgers, fries (very tasty!) and some other types of stuff. Basic fast food, but in Cortez, it was a drive-in style, with individual lanes to park/eat in.

It's not that they have anything really different, per se, but their stuff just tastes really good. They also have stuff like banana splits.

Here's a menu link: http://www.sonicdrivein.com/menu/index.jsp

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ColoradoNative 6 years, 6 months ago

Stick one on lincoln downtown instead. I wouldn't mind being able to get a decent burger for 5 bucks or so.

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