Baskin-Robbins to open at Cambridge Market in August

baskinWICHITA — As expected, David and Cheryl Cortez are moving ahead with their Baskin-Robbins at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

They first shared plans for the new location in April, but it wasn’t a done deal at the time. Now, construction is under way.

“Everything is just going the way it needs to,” David Cortez says. He expects to be open in the middle of August or by the end of the month at the latest.

The 1,600-square-foot freestanding building will have a drive-through, unlike the Cortezes’ west-side location in the Chadsworth development on North Maize Road near 21st Street.

“It will pick up additional business with people looking for convenience,” Cortez says. Corporate has told him it increases sales up to 10 percent.

Cortez likes Cambridge Market for several reasons.

“It’s just a good fit,” he says.

“One, it’s closer to my house,” he says, laughing.

He also likes the traffic count along East 21st.

“It’s one of the major arteries . . . in and out of Wichita.”

Cortez thinks two Baskin-Robbins stores are all Wichita can support right now, but he’s looking at surrounding areas for more potential locations.

Derby, Hutchinson and other smaller communities are all possibilities, but Cortez says he’s looking only casually right now.

He says his philosophy is “basically take care of your babies before you get another one.”