Daily Archives: April 7, 2009

You don’t say

“I’ve been saying I think I may give birth before this lease is signed.”
April Reed of Slawson Cos., who is close to a real estate deal she’s been working on for a year but still thinks her baby will arrive in June before the deal is done

Wesley Suites to get new name

Wesley Suites, which sounds a bit like a hotel, is getting a new name that perhaps more accurately describes it.

The 27,000-square-foot physician office space next to Wesley West Emergency and Diagnostic Center at 13th and Tyler is now going to be known as Westside Medical Office Building. A new sign will be installed Thursday.

Kris Hall, senior real estate manager for CB Richard Ellis, which is Wesley Medical Center’s property manager, says the idea is to make a distinct identification for the medical offices separate from the emergency room.

Fourteen percent of the space is currently leased, and Hall says she’s working on a deal with two specialty physician groups that will move in this summer and bring the occupancy rate to about 60 percent.

Except to hear more on the new groups in about a month.

Smashburger to add second location


The Wichita area is getting its second Smashburger restaurant, but it won’t actually be in Wichita.

Derby — more precisely 1220 N. Rock in Derby — will be the new location.

“There is a method to the madness,” says Smashburger spokeswoman Jennifer Miller.

She says the chain, owned by Denver-based Consumer Capital Partners, likes the demographics and traffic counts in Derby.

“Derby seems to be growing,” Miller says. “Our president (Scott Crane) is a former Wichitan, so he knew the area pretty well.”

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MainStreet.com says Kansans are happy


Are you happy?

Statistically speaking, there’s a good chance you are because Kansas apparently is the country’s third-happiest state.

So says MainStreet.com in its new Happiness Index.

Nebraska ranks No. 1, and Iowa is No. 2. The Web site “suggests that the Midwest is the main source of financial happiness” nationally.

The index is “all about which states are best weathering the current economic storm,” according to the site, which looked at things like debt, employment, household income and foreclosures. The site will update the list monthly.

Need proof of happy Kansans? Check out Kansas.com’s gallery of happy people. You can also share your own happy photos.