Few projects can perk up attention more than a fast-food restaurant.



In Blue Springs, Jack in the Box is getting considerable attention – if for no other reason than the restaurant chain is making a comeback to the Kansas City area after a long absence.



Here are some details:

Few projects can perk up attention more than a fast-food restaurant.

In Blue Springs, Jack in the Box is getting considerable attention – if for no other reason than the restaurant chain is making a comeback to the Kansas City area after a long absence.

Here are some details:

LOCATION: The corner of Missouri 7 and Mock Avenue (just south of Interstate 70).

COMPLETION DATE: Brian Luscom, a spokesperson for the company, said the project is on time and will be open at the end of October.

THE DETAILS: The arrival of the restaurant, announced earlier this year, comes after a long search for an occupant. The lot was the site of the original Village Gardens, which has since moved behind the restaurant site.

The site was initially to be the location of a sit-down restaurant, but the land owner had difficulty finding an interested party. By securing a sit-down, the land owner could have secured a tax abatement, but a fast-food restaurant doesn’t qualify for that.

Once opened, it will be Jack in the Box’s third Kansas City site – the first being at Prescott Plaza, 211 S. 18th St., in Kansas City, Kan., just north of Interstate 70, which opened late last year. The second, in Overland Park, opens next week.

The company has 2,200 restaurants in 19 states, according to its website. It closed about 40 locations in fiscal year 2010, which ended Oct. 3. But it also opened more than 40 others. The last store in Kansas City closed in 1980. In the 1970s, the restaurant had about seven restaurants in the Kansas City area.

THE PROGRESS: “Everything is on schedule and coming along fine,” Luscom said. “We haven’t experienced any drawbacks to the project.”

Luscom said the company may offer specials once it opens its doors, but he could not confirm that with certainty.

“We usually know if that’s something that will be offered closer to its opening,” he said.