Daily Archives: April 9, 2009

EMC Insurance to take Weather Data space

EMC Insurance, which has been at 245 N. Waco in the Farm Credit Bank Building for 16 years, is going to take most of the space Weather Data is vacating this fall.

“As we’ve expanded over the last five to 10 years, we were lucky that the bank had space available, but we’ve ended up with several pockets of space,” says Bernie Zalaznik, EMC’s resident vice president.

The new space will allow the company to consolidate. Instead of having employees in five areas of the building, they’ll now be in only two.

EMC has 31,000 square feet at the building. The company will lose some of its existing space in the consolidation but acquire about 2,000 additional square feet.

“We really wanted to stay here, and we’re glad we were able to make this work out,” Zalaznik says. “We think it’s one of the best places to be in Wichita.”

Saddle Ranch not coming to WaterWalk

Visitors to downtown’s WaterWalk development may one day sidle up to a bar or restaurant there, but it won’t be the Saddle Ranch Chop House.

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Almost two years after announcing the restaurant would come, WaterWalk president Tom Johnson now says it won’t. But he says it’s no big deal.

“No, it’s not important because we’re replacing them with a better tenant,” Johnson says.

He won’t say who that is.

“We’re not ready to release it yet,” Johnson says. He says he wants to package an announcement of several establishments “instead of dribbling little pieces of information out.”

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I’ll call ya

As a reporter, when someone tells you they’ll be ready to talk about something on a certain day or during a certain week, it’s generally a safe bet to add at least a couple if not several weeks to when it will really happen. With others, you know it’ll be months.

To that end, the interview with Dan Glickman to discuss his position at the Motion Picture Association of America isn’t going to happen this week after all. But he’s still planning on chatting with us about his job in early May.

And the deal the Fields brothers thought they’d announce today for their new Wichita Tennis and Fitness space probably won’t come until the end of this month at the earliest.

Red Cross tests west Wichita branch

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The American Red Cross is considering adding a satellite branch in west Wichita and will have monthly blood drives to determine the interest.

“We just want to try to bring in donors,” says Jennifer Keller, communications manager for the Central Plains Region Blood Services division.

Keller says donations are down at the Red Cross’ main branch at 707 N. Main in downtown Wichita.

“We’re going to have to find ways to boost those numbers,” she says.

“Convenience is what people want,” Keller says. “That comes down to finding a place that’s close to their house.”

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Weather Data to move to Bank of America Center

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Weather Data Services, an AccuWeather Co., is getting a new home.

The company is moving from the Farm Credit Bank Building on
Waco to Phil Ruffin’s Bank of America Center at Broadway and Douglas.

“We needed more space,” says Barry Lee Myers, chief executive of AccuWeather in State College, Pa. “We are actually expanding a number of things.”

The new, almost 8,000-square-foot space, where Weather Data will move in the fall, will have a television studio for what Myers calls “live reports from Tornado Alley” on AccuWeather TV (which is similar to the Weather Channel except it has local weather at all times).

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