Daily Archives: Sept. 28, 2009

Papa John’s near 21st and Amidon closes; New location could serve Valley Center and Park City

pizzaWICHITA — The Papa John’s near 21st and Amidon has closed, but almost everyone in that delivery area will be served by two existing stores until a new one opens.

“We’re trying to find another location,” says Terry Newman, who is partners in the business with Frank Carney.

This Papa John’s was open almost 10 years, but Newman says the rent was rising too much to continue to stay.

He says this could be an opportunity to move farther north and begin serving Valley Center and Park City.

“We’ve been looking all around,” Newman says.

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“It was a killer. We were having such a good week, too.”

Melad Stephan, who owns several Old Town restaurants, on the gas outage in that area Saturday night that affected a number of businesses during peak dinner hours

Sale of Echo Hills Golf Club could close soon

WICHITA — It looks like something is close to happening with Echo Hills Golf Club in Park City and, subsequently, Willowbend Golf Club.

Bert and Eloise Henderson, the owners of Echo Hills, are planning to buy Willowbend if the sale of their club goes through.

The Hendersons aren’t commenting yet, but Rod Nuckolls, who owns Willowbend with his brother, Rick, is.

Nuckolls says Bert Henderson “has an option on his land that expires at the end of September.”

“He anticipates his land being sold, and if it does close, we would close next spring,” Nuckolls says.

Mike Loveland, a broker at J.P. Weigand & Sons and the developer of Parkstone at College Hill, wants to use the Echo Hills land for a new commercial project in Park City.

Rod Nuckolls says the Hendersons plan to keep Willowbend operations as they are if they purchase the club.

“Very much so,” he says. “As a matter of fact, we’re excited for the Willowbend members because he won’t have the debt load that we did.”

If the sales go through, the Nuckolls brothers (both of whom play PGA Champions Tour events) have new plans of their own.

“I’m going to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Rick Nuckolls says. “You know what that is? Play golf.”

Golf Discount Superstore to close on North Rock

WICHITA — After more than 10 years in business, Golf Discount Superstore is going out of business at 3300 N. Rock Road.

Wichitan Jack Pearce is looking for a new retailer for the space.

Pearce already owns the rest of the almost 16,000-square-foot center, which is also home to Jimmy John’s, Herb Snow & Son Maytag and AT&T.

He’s now purchased Golf Discount’s 7,800 square feet.

Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate represented Golf Discount in the deal.

The store’s last day in business is Oct. 15.

Pearce says he’s looking for another retailer. He says the space is not big enough for a restaurant.