Daily Archives: April 26, 2010

Stockade Cos. seeks more franchisees with new incentive program

WICHITA — Tough economic times are creating an easier in for potential franchisees of Texas-based Stockade Cos., which has Sirloin Stockade, Coyote Canyon and Montana Mike’s Steakhouse.

“It’s not a secret that the economy has been rocked a little bit,” Stockade COO Terry Harstad says.

So Stockade slashed its franchise fee from $20,000 to $10,000. In the first year of operation, a franchisee would have to pay 1½ percent in royalties compared to 3 percent previously. After the first year, that would go back up to 3 percent.

“We thought it was perfect timing,” Harstad says.

Thanks to the new incentive program, he says, “We’re just getting lots of interest.”

It’s what has led to a franchisee’s plans to open a Montana Mike’s in Winfield, which will make Stockade’s 20th restaurant in Kansas when it opens in late May or early June.

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You don’t say

“This is a very dangerous time of the year for people to think we’re not here.”

Jody Lonergan of Maxine’s, a stationery and invitation shop at 5400 E. Central that is most definitely open (especially during this busy graduation and Mother’s Day season) but that some customers are confusing with nearby Winstons/RSVP, which is closing late next month

Two national shows give attention to three Kansas businesses

WICHITA — “American Pickers” came to Kansas recently, and now Bearly Makin’ It Antiques in Marion is going to be featured on an upcoming episode.

The History channel show features a couple of guys who travel the country buying antiques for the best prices they can bargain for.

Bearly Makin’ It owners Marion Ogden (yes, Marion from Marion) and Dennis Maggard have seven buildings full of antiques.

“We’ve been picking since 1993,” Ogden says, “we’re just not getting paid for the show.”

And they didn’t get paid much — only about $75 — by the pickers.

“They didn’t buy too much because we pretty well know what the price of things are,” Ogden says. On a scooter the pickers were interested in, Ogden says, “They knew that I was right on the money, so they didn’t bother . . . to go any further.”

Ogden didn’t mind not selling much to the pickers.

“Anytime you get publicity, well, you’re hoping for more traffic.”

Ogden says they also had an “absolutely great time.”

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