Dirt has been shoveled and a building has been constructed at two separate spots that will soon house a new Sonic Drive-In and a Dollar General.

Sonic Drive-In, which broke ground at 968 W. Court St., in November 2017, plans to open between Feb. 5 and 15 — replacing the 961 W. Court St. location.

The new spot will feature a drive-thru window, volleyball courts, a wraparound patio area, playscape and the regular drive-in food service.

“The Sonic Drive-In that we’re at right now has been there since the 70s, so they wanted to expand for a while now, but it was just a matter of finding the right property,” Megan Esparza, Sonic Drive-In part owner, said.

After looking at other Sonics with volleyball courts and playscapes, Sonic management jumped on board when the two properties across from the old location became available, she said.

The new location will help draw in a variety of customers, Esparza said.

“With the university being down the road … if they want to have volleyball tournaments there won’t be a charge for the actual use of the volleyball court,” she said. “The same thing with birthday parties for the playscape. We’ll have hostesses for the actual birthday parties. We’re trying to plan it all out just so it creates a better atmosphere.”

The new location is a family-friendly environment, Esparza said.

“The patio area is going to be all fenced in, which is going to be awesome,” she said. “I mean, I have two small kids, so as a mom I worry about their safety. You know when you’re at a park you wish there were gated areas. The playscape is going to be on rubber mating too.”

Additionally, the parking lot will create easier access going in and out of the property and when using the drive-thru window, Esparza said.

Once the location is ready for move in, the 960 W. Court St. location will close.  It will take three-days to move all the equipment over, she said.

“Once everything is moved in we will be opening at the new location,” Esparza said.

Furthermore, a new Dollar General is opening on Capote Road across from Lifegate Lane.

A grand opening is scheduled for this summer, depending on construction progress,  Dollar General media representative Angela Petkovic said.

“When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority,” Petkovic said. “The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice.  We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to a five-mile radius or 10-minute drive.  We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration.”

The store will have about 10 employers, depending on the individual needs of the store, she said.

This will be the fourth Dollar General in Seguin.

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