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Owner to sell 42-year-old hamburger shop

October 19, 2003

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Duane Buck has decided its time for someone else to carry on the 42-year tradition of Bucky's Drive In.

Buck this week put the fast-food hamburger restaurant, 2120 W. Ninth St., up for sale.

"I've been running it for about 40 years, and it is just time to do something different," Buck said.

He said the business still was profitable even though it is a nonfranchise restaurant trying to compete with the likes of McDonald's and Burger King. He also said the restaurant had survived the economic downturn, though he said sales were down.

"The economy has hurt me but we're still making money and not everyone can say that these days," Buck said.

The restaurant opened 42 years ago as a Sandy's Drive In, a small chain that tried to compete with McDonald's in the early 1960s. Buck began managing the business in 1966. After the Sandy's chain folded, Buck changed the name to Bucky's in 1975.

He said a new owner should be able to capitalize off the restaurant's reputation.

"As long as the new owner continues to sell hot hamburgers, I think the business will do fine," Buck said. "I think it could do good business for another 40 years."

Don Theno, listing agent for the property, and Buck declined to comment on the asking price for the 128-seat restaurant.

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