Sonic Drive-In is making headway in establishing a new location downtown. Jeff Ports, co-owner of Sonic Independence and owner of KEP Holdings, LLC, Chanute, said, “We begin pouring the floors this week and hopefully the walls will go up the next week followed by rough-ins and roof.” It is es- timated in approximately four weeks the roof will be in place and equipment moved from the old facility. “We are working with the state on our final paperwork on the curb cut on US 75 Highway. Everything is going well on that. The state did have a couple of questions on it before they gave us the final approval to move forward on it and we should be good to go,” said Ports. The status of the current Sonic Drive-In facility on west Main St. is there are no inter- ested buyers at this time. “Of course, there is the recurring rumors about a national convenient store purchasing the property. As far as I know, that is only a rumor. The company has never talked to me about the site,” said Ports. “We will start advertising and inter- viewing for jobs by the end of July. We intend to have most of the peo- ple hired around the first of August,” said Ports. There will be a short period of time when both facilities will be closed in order for the company to move some of the equipment and do training on the new computer equipment. “The transition could only take several days. We will also be sending some of our people to other Sonic Drive-Ins in the area to get them some experience with the new equipment,” Ports said. The new facility is planned to be open before the end of August, ac- cording to Ports. “We’re ready to be open. We have been ready for over a year and this is exciting to be back downtown,” Ports concluded.