Daily Archives: Sept. 16, 2009

You don’t say

Cibola is the busiest closed restaurant around.”

— One person’s comment after seeing that the Andover Rotary (in addition to Yia Yia’s before that) is using the empty space at Bradley Fair for a fund-raiser

Hartman announces more Jimmy’s Egg plans

WICHITA — Wink Hartman Sr. formally announced his bid for Congress today but still had time to talk business, too.

The seemingly always-busy Hartman is bringing another Jimmy’s Egg to Wichita and about 20 more to Houston.

First, the next Wichita restaurant.

Hartman and business partner Whitney VinZant will build their fifth Wichita Jimmy’s Egg at 47th and Broadway.

It’s not a done deal yet, but Hartman says, “Everybody’s agreed to agree.”

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Sports director Alan Shope leaves KAKE, Channel 10, over contract dispute

alanWICHITA — Alan Shope is no longer sports director for KAKE, Channel 10.

“It was just a simple contract issue that we couldn’t work out,” says Shope, who had been at the station almost nine years.

Shope says the issue wasn’t monetary.

“I was not asking for money,” he says. “I’ve never asked for a raise at KAKE TV.”

Shope is a Wichita native who returned here to be closer to his father, George.

“KAKE’s a great place to work,” Shope says.

But with his father’s death last year, he says, “I really was looking to move on anyways.

“It’s not that big of an issue for me.”

He says he has interest from stations in Kansas City and St. Louis.

KAKE marketing director Bryan Frye won’t comment on Shope’s departure because he says it’s a personnel issue.

He says the station is looking for either a new sports director or reporter.

“At this point, we’re looking for the best person possible.”

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets still on track

WICHITA — Wal-Mart’s plans to bring its Neighborhood Market concept to Wichita are still progressing, but there don’t appear to be any done deals yet.

“We’re still under contract,” says Chris Goebel of Star Lumber.

Goebel hopes to sell his property at Central and Maize where he once planned the Gaslight Creek commercial development on more than 11 acres.

“We’ve had to do some extensions,” Goebel says of the contract.

That’s because there’s “a wee little bit of an environmental issue.”

Goebel says there are leaking underground storage tanks on another site — not his — that are of concern.

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