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Four of six Kansas Turnpike service stations to change either food or fuel options

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  • Published Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 3:17 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 3:41 p.m.

WICHITA — A disappointed traveler noticed the McDonald's has closed at the Matfield Green service station along the Kansas Turnpike, but he's happy to see a Dunkin' Donuts will be opening there.

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.

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