Daily Archives: April 13, 2010

Menards deal is back on at K-96 and Webb Road, and a second Menards isn’t far behind

UPDATED — The Menards deal at K-96 and Webb Road, which stalled when the economy tanked, is back on.

The Wisconsin-based home improvement store has purchased 17 acres just northwest of Johnny Carino’s and will break ground on a 200,000-square-foot building in the next 30 days.

“It’s big news, because how many 200,000-square-foot buildings are under . . . construction right now?” says Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate, who handled the deal.

The Menards building permit will be for more like 240,000 square feet including overhangs.

Menards will employ 130 people, about half of whom will be full-time workers.

Ablah says that although Wichita is definitely seeing more commercial activity, it still takes a lot to get deals done right now, especially one of this size.

“Everything is so scrutinized to make sure everything absolutely is done perfect.”

He says that even nationally, these kinds of deals aren’t happening every day like they used to.

“There’s not a lot of big boxes doing new deals right now all across the country, so for Wichita to get this, it’s a coup,” Ablah says. “It’s awesome for Wichita.”

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“We’re in a Catch-22 where we’re large enough to be noticed, but still no one’s quite ready to leap.”

– Goddard city administrator Brian Silcott on the difficulty of attracting retailers to the city

Goddard to lose its only hardware store

WICHITA — The only hardware store in Goddard, which is the Goddard Ace Hardware, is closing.

“This is the third recession we’ve been through since we’ve owned the store,” says Mary Carpenter.

She’s owned the business for nine years.

“The businesses were very good about patronizing me,” Carpenter says of places like the schools and city government.

Goddard residents weren’t quite as faithful, she says.

“I think the people who work in town (Wichita) probably shop in town,” Carpenter says.

The store, which is at 19894 W. Kellogg, will close in early May.

Carpenter says the closure has nothing to do with the possibility of Wal-Mart coming to Goddard. As she says, it’s not a definitive deal yet.

“I’ve heard from them, but they keep saying it’s going to be a while yet,” says John Dugan, who owns land Wal-Mart has been eyeing east of Goddard and west of what would be the interchange for a proposed bypass.

Dugan is more than hopeful about Wal-Mart coming, though.

“They say it’s not if, it’s when.”

Menards deal at K-96 and Webb Road is back on

WICHITA — The Menards deal at K-96 and Webb Road, which stalled when the economy tanked, is back on.

The Wisconsin-based home improvement store has purchased 17 acres just northwest of Johnny Carino’s and will break ground on a 200,000-square-foot building in the next 30 days.

For a city where commercial deals have stalled or died in the last year or so, it’s a significant development.

“It’s big news, because how many 200,000-square-foot buildings are under . . . construction right now?” says Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate, who handled the deal.

He says that although Wichita is definitely seeing more commercial activity, it still takes a lot to get deals done right now, especially one of this size.

“Everything is so scrutinized to make sure everything absolutely is done perfect.”

Check back later today and in The Eagle Wednesday for more details.