Daily Archives: July 20, 2009

Paul Teutul Jr. to sign autographs Thursday at Old Town Square

WICHITA — Coleman has settled the details for Paul Teutul Jr.’s appearance in Wichita this week.

Teutul will sign autographs Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Old Town Square.

Coleman officials also will be there to give away prize packages.

Kwik Shop considers adding pharmacies

kwikWICHITA — Kwik Shop, the convenience store chain owned by Kroger, is contemplating adding pharmacies to its stores.

“I think that sounds interesting,” says president Jeff Parker.

That doesn’t mean, though, that it’s going to happen.

“We have looked at a lot of things like that,” Parker says.

He’s also checked into a Kroger convenience store chain in Florida that has one location with a pharmacy.

But at this point, he’s still in the consideration stage. Parker doesn’t have a timetable that he wants to make a decision by.

“We don’t have any kind of definitive schedule or anything like that.”

Paul Teutul Jr. of “American Chopper” is returning to Wichita to customize a Coleman grill

paulWICHITA — Paul Teutul Jr. is returning to Wichita, but this time he’s customizing a grill for Coleman instead of bringing a custom-designed motorcycle to Viega.

Teutul and his father, Paul Teutul Sr., are known as the Orange County Chopper guys on their popular “American Chopper” show on TLC.

Last year, they came here to help Viega, a plumbing and heating systems manufacturer, get some attention with a new bike. It featured, among other things, some of Viega’s fittings and copper tubing in the spokes of the wheels.

Now, the younger Teutul is customizing Coleman’s RoadTrip Grill.

“He actually approached us through our parent company, Jarden,” says David Johnston, director of consumer strategy.

“He was taking a look at branching out, doing something outside of motorcycle customization,” Johnston says of Teutul. “He looked around at a lot of things that were near and dear to his heart.”

roadtripThat includes the outdoors and entertaining, so Johnston says it was a good fit.

The grill’s 10th anniversary is coming up, so Johnston says the timing was good for Coleman, too.

Teutul won’t change how the grill works, but he will add “a little bit of a different flair,” Johnston says. That includes “that biker approach to things.”

The process will be shown over several vignettes on “American Chopper.”

The show is in reruns right now, so the grill customization will be featured in the next season.

Coleman is working on a public event for Teutul while he’s in Wichita this week.

We’ll keep you posted once details are settled.

You don’t say

susan“Well, I think Dawson went to the extent he did because he is going to need Senior Services in a couple of years.”

KAKE, Channel 10, anchorwoman Susan Peters, the roastee for Tuesday night’s benefit for Senior Services of Wichita, on how she won’t have to try and top the performance of last year’s roastee, Dawson Grimsley