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Business changes in the works

The city of Bonner Springs shared a few business notes with city council members that are some pretty noteworthy changes; hopefully all will mean good things for Bonner.

Since the Goodwill moved into its new building on the northeast corner of Kansas Avenue and Kansas Highway 7, you’ve probably noticed some façade work going on in its former space at the southwest corner of the intersection next to Dollar Tree. According to the city, it looks like another thrift store will be moving in. Marcia Harrington, community and economic development director, says The Salvation Army is moving into that space, as well as a 7,000-square-foot space remaining from the former Side Pockets, for a total of about 30,000 square feet.

The remaining space in the building will be about 9,000 square feet.

A new optometrist has moved into the same area. Family EyeCare Center, 13047 Kansas Ave., recently opened in the strip center on the south side of the development. The eye doctors began the practice in Leavenworth and Kansas City, Kan.; optometrists Johnathan and Ashley Reddell will operate the new Bonner location, which will have a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. April 18.

Getting back to thrifty things, Harvey Jacobson, owner of the Thriftway in Downtown Bonner, told the city he has sold the Thriftway and Dollar General property. The new owner is Chun Lee, who also owns K.C. Discount Liquor at K-7 and Kansas Avenue. Lee was to take ownership Sunday and has indicated that he has plans to make some roof, façade and parking lot improvements. Jacobson has owned the buildings and grocery store since 2003; prior to that, it was owned by Charlie and Sandy Swedo.

In other downtown news, Brad McDonald, the owner of the new Adventure Zip KC zip line park just southwest of Bonner, is taking up some downtown office space. He is leasing space in the upper level of the building at 200 Oak St. for both the zip line park and his other business, McDonald Marketing.

Here are a few other tidbits from around town:

• Kenneth Tewell, former superintendent of Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204, was an honorary speaker Thursday at the 50th year celebration of the Kansas Associations of School Business Officials (KASBO). Tewell was a founding member of KASBO and was its third president in 1967.

• Bonner Parks and Rec programs continue to do well. There are 208 participants in spring soccer, compared to 178 last spring. There are 279 signed up for summer baseball, compared to 278 last year, and they are still accepting late registrations. And 59 participants signed up for the new Get Active Challenge fitness program — not too shabby for the first year. Things are a bit slow-going for the new community garden behind City Hall on Cedar Street, however. Five people have paid the $15 registration for a plot, which means there are still nine more plots available. Call 913-422-7010 for more information on parks and recreation programs.

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