Wally Kennedy: Pizza Ranch making progress in Joplin | Local News

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In 2013, a popular pizza chain in the upper Midwest decided to come to Joplin, which was hit by a tornado. The company, Pizza Ranch, purchased property southeast of the intersection of 15th Street and Range Line Road. The property was formerly part of the Eastgate V Theaters car park.

This part of Range Line Road would become a hotbed of post-tornado reconstruction activity due to its proximity to the Walmart Supercenter. A new Kum & Go convenience store and a new restaurant, Panda Express, were under construction. It was a good site for the pizza chain, but instead of immediately developing this property, the company committed to further development in Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City.

A few years later, still wanting to gain a foothold in the Joplin market, Pizza Ranch issued a press release saying they wanted a presence in Joplin and needed a qualified franchisee to help them do so. Nothing happened. A few years later, Pizza Ranch sold the property it had acquired in Joplin. It is now home to Buffalo Wild Wings, 1525 S. Range Line Road.

But Pizza Ranch hasn’t given up on Joplin. Construction on a new Pizza Ranch and FunZone Arcade began last year at 3223 E. 20th St. It sits directly east of the JD Byrider car sales lot. A company representative said the restaurant will open in early spring. A typical Pizza Ranch might employ about 85 people in part-time and full-time jobs initially.

Pizza Ranch offers pizza, chicken, a salad bar, and a pizza and chicken buffet. Also on the menu are wraps, chicken fingers and waffle fries. Started in 1981 in Hull, Iowa, Pizza Ranch has more than 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great Plains.

Learn more about take 5

Construction of the new Take 5 Quick Lube and Take 5 Car Wash, part of Driven Brands, will begin in June at the southeast corner of 32nd Street and Range Line Road, a company spokesperson said. .

This project is one of the first in the country for Driven Brands to combine two customer needs in one location. The company has been providing oil changes since 1984 in the South East. Driven Brands entered the car wash industry in 2020 with the acquisition of International Car Wash Group. It is now the fastest growing express conveyor car wash operator in North America.

Joplin isn’t the only city in this region to receive a Take 5. A location is planned in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Tax assistance

If you need help filing your taxes, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is available. Beginning January 24, returns will be prepared by volunteers and will be submitted electronically free of charge. This includes direct deposit of refunds.

The VITA location is on the second floor of Great Plains Credit Union, 2306 S. Range Line Road. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday until April 15. The site will be closed when the credit union is closed, including Presidents Day.

Due to COVID-19, taxpayers are asked to wear a mask at all times while in the building. They will be asked to leave their name and phone number with a volunteer at the south door of the Caisse populaire. They will wait in their vehicle until called by a tax preparer. They will then enter the building and have their taxes prepared face to face with the preparer.

Federal and state income taxes will be prepared. Federal returns must be prepared prior to state return.

Taxpayers should bring photo ID, Social Security cards for everyone listed on the return, and any documents needed to prepare their return. This may include: W-2 forms from employment, 1099 INT forms from earned interest, 1099 DIV forms from earned dividends, 1099 R forms from retirement income, 1099 Miscellaneous forms for self-employment, and 1099 SSA Social Security. All income must be declared on your return, even if you do not receive documents. If you received the Advanced Child Tax Credit, you must bring a letter from the IRS stating the amount received. Make sure you have received all your respective forms; some suppliers may not send them before February 15th.

You must also bring your 2020 tax return.

VITA is sponsored by SWMO We Care Coalition, a non-profit organization.

Volunteers have IRS training.

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