It’ll actually be a combination Dunkin’ Donuts and Hardee’s restaurant. Four of the six service stations along the turnpike are undergoing changes.
“The contract was up,” says Lisa Callahan, the Kansas Turnpike Authority’s director of public relations.
There was a new bidding process, which is what’s leading to the changes.
The Towanda service station also is converting from a McDonald’s to a combination Hardee’s and Dunkin Donuts.
The McDonald’s restaurants at the Lawrence and Belle Plaine service stations were the successful bidders and will remain in those stations.
Some fuel operating partners are changing, though.
Like the previous contracts, the new ones are for 10 years.
Callahan says KTA owns the land and buildings for the stations, but its business partners operate them.
“And so they’re doing the construction, not us.”
She says it’s important to note that each of the centers’ fuel stations and their accompanying convenience stores and restrooms will remain open while construction is under way.
Restaurant remodeling at Matfield Green — which involves taking out McDonald’s equipment before converting to Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts — is happening now. The new restaurants likely will be ready by late June or early July.
“Since it’s a retrofit instead of a build from the ground up … they were a little unsure,” Callahan says of the timing.
She says the restaurant conversation at the Towanda station will happen next.
“We will not start that remodel until Matfield is open.”