EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Sonic getting a new home

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

There's a couple of things going on near the Kmart on Horner Boulevard.

Across the street is a sign promising a new Sonic Drive-in. The fast food restaurant currently is located at 717 S. Horner Blvd., but a representative from the company's corporate offices said that location will be closing once the new one opens. There's no exact timeline, he said, although construction is expected to begin in the fall.

The reason for the move? Sonic wants tto "create more of a community atmosphere with a potential playground and volleyball court," the rep said, adding that all current employees will be invited to make the move and there might even be some new jobs available.

In the Kmart parking lot is Stanley's Top Dog, which is a food truck — the most modern of culinary trends — yet in a 1920s-style wagon. It also has stayed in its one spot for several months despite being a mobile unit, and Sharon Stanley, who co-owns the stand with her husband Van, said: "We're staying right here 'til the Lord moves us elsewhere."

Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day but Sunday (and as long as it's not raining), they sell hot dogs, burgers, snacks, soft drinks and fresh-squeezed juices and also take call-in orders at (919) 499-7856.

In other news...

Get your everything done: That 100 block of Steele Street in downtown Sanford keeps on adding new businesses. The latest is Big Screen Beauty Salon, which moved a few days ago to 116 Steele Street, where Dana Atkins Photography used to be located. Owner Christy Callaghan said her staff will be offering the works: nails, facials, massages, makeup, custom-made lotions, yoga classes and, of course, hair and salon services. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Callaghan said the yoga classes haven't started yet but will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday followed by a wine tasting ("If you do the work, you get the reward"). And while she said she's aiming for a quiet, relaxing atmosphere during the week, there will be trained staff on hand on Saturdays running an on-site childcare for people who want to pay an extra $2.50 an hour during their spa day instead of getting a babysitter. The salon also throws bridal showers and birthday parties; more information available at (919) 777-9198, (910) 964-2895 or callaghanjm@hotmail.com. They're also hiring.

Adieu to 'cue: The restaurant run by Jackson Brothers BBQ & Produce on U.S. 1 South of Tramway Road is closed. Known especially for its barbecue, which The Herald's readers voted best in Lee County from 2003-07, the business has served its last meal after 21 years in business. But Danny Jackson said the brothers' market next door is definitely still open, and the now-closed BBQ stand is available for someone to lease.

RTP and megasite Friday: The final report on the 1,700-acre-plus industrial megasite in Chatham County will be presented 9 a.m. Friday at the Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road, in Siler City. Also on Friday, the Research Triangle Park is inviting the public to come share its ideas with officials from the park, industry and state government. The summit will be from 3-6:30 p.m. at RTP headquarters, at 12 Davis Drive in Durham. It's free but an RSVP is requested; more information is at rtp.org/about-rtp/research-triangle-park-news.

Business fluctuations: In the last week, seven new corporations formed in Lee County — A&S Incorporated, Dalton and Dalton Designs, Dig Southeast, Earthtec Investors, Ministerio Internacional Trayendo El Arco De Dios, NTKH and Unlimited Talk and Text — and no corporations were withdrawn or dissolved.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.