SENECA — The City of Seneca will soon be welcoming a new fast-food chain to town.
Construction is set to begin in mid-to-late July on a Sonic Drive-In, to be located on Highway 43, just off of Highway 60, between the Seneca Home Place and the Assembly of God Church.
The drive-in is being brought to town by the Wyandotte Nation, and is expected to be open by Oct. 1 at the latest, according to Wyandotte Nation CEO Kelly Carpino.
"A food franchise has been something we've been looking into for awhile and we selected Sonic for a couple of reasons," Carpino said. "We think it's a good fit for small communities, so we think Seneca's a great fit for Sonic.
We also think the Sonic system and their values fit well with who we are."
Carpino said the drive-in will be the modern Sonic layout, with a drive-through and stalls, and will bring approximately 35 jobs to Seneca, made up of full and part-time positions.
Josh Dodson, president of the Seneca Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is excited to see a new business moving in.
"It's another new business coming to town, more revenue for the city, we like to see that," Dodson said. "We're positive and upbeat. As the community continues to grow, therefore the business sect has to grow. The Chamber is always welcome to see new businesses."
Dodson said the building that formerly served as an alignment shop in that location has been leveled, and Carpino said she expects a groundbreaking by the end of July.
Carpino said the Wyandotte Nation became interested in bringing a fast-food franchise to the area as a way to diversify their business interests.
"We are always look for other opportunities," Carpino said. "We like to keep a pretty diverse group of enterprises. We want to keep growing."
The Seneca location was agreed upon by the Wyandotte Nation and Sonic, and Carpino says she believes it's a spot that can serve several communities.
"Most of the tribe's ground is in Oklahoma and probably not quite enough of a community base to locate the restaurant," Carpino said. "We like Seneca because we feel we can serve Wyandotte, Seneca and all the rural areas out there, plus traffic along Highway 60."