Daily Archives: April 14, 2010

Great Harvest Bread Co. to expand product line

WICHITA — It might not seem like the addition of a new oven would be a huge thing for Great Harvest Bread Co. franchisee Tim Heeren, but it’s actually big news for him and his customers.

“I really see an opportunity for increased business,” he says. “I see a 20 to 25 percent upside tick on it.”

That’s because the new steam-injected oven will allow him to create a new line of sourdough and Mediterranean breads.

“We get requests for hard-crusted breads all the time and savory Mediterranean breads,” Heeren says.

While some of those fresh-baked breads are sold commercially here, Heeren expects to have the retail market to himself.

“However, I’ve got a few kinks in the oven that I need to work out,” he says.

The new oven will be at his west-side store at 10243 W. 21st Street, but the bread will be sold at his Great Harvest at 6509 E. Central, too.

Look for the new sales to start sometime in May.

All Star Adventures and All Star Sports sell to Florida-based Adventure Landing

UPDATED — Adventure Landing of Jacksonville, Fla., became the new owner of All Star Adventures and All Star Sports Wednesday, and the company plans six months of renovations and upgrades at both sites.

“It’s a major job,” says Hank Woodburn, who founded Adventure Landing years ago, sold it and recently repurchased it.

Woodburn says repairs are going to take “lots of paint and elbow grease.”

Longtime All Star general manager Tom Smith, who used to be over both locations and now manages the east side exclusively, is thrilled.

“These guys are known for a lot of landscaping and just really making things look nice,” Smith says. “These guys do a lot of promotions. They do a lot of events.”

Adventure Landing has 10 other parks nationally.

All Star Adventures had its start in Wichita as Sports World in the late 1980s. As a family entertainment center, it offered miniature golf, batting cages and go-carts.

All Star Sports had been Wichita Family Golf.

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Kent Grier Fire Investigations to move to Wingate Plaza

kentWICHITA — Only three years ago, Kent Grier was still working out of his house after starting Kent Grier Fire Investigations a couple of years before that.

Then he moved to 824 W. 13th in Riverside, but now he’s outgrown that space, too.

“The longer you do it, the more exposure you get,” Grier says of his business.

The new KGFI space will be at Waco and Murdock at Wingate Plaza.

Grier spent 23 years with the Wichita Fire Department, six as a firefighter and 17 in the arson unit.

After working as an investigator for a couple of other companies here and in Denver, Grier decided to open his own shop.

Insurance companies and law firms are typically his clients.

Grier says it takes several years to grow a business like his.

“It’s hard to advertise because you don’t just do radio for my type of work or newspapers,” he says.

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All Star Adventures and All Star Sports sell to Florida-based Adventure Landing

WICHITA — As of this morning, Adventure Landing of Jacksonville, Fla., is the new owner of All Star Adventures and All Star Sports.

Longtime All Star general manager Tom Smith, who used to be over both locations and now manages the east side exclusively, is thrilled.

He’s looking forward to “just a lot of maintenance and fix-up that hasn’t been done over the last few years.”

“These guys are known for a lot of landscaping and just really making things look nice,” Smith says. “These guys do a lot of promotions. They do a lot of events.”

Adventure Landing has 10 other parks nationally.

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