Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

Shoe Warehouse plans to relocate, double space

WICHITA — The Shoe Warehouse building at 1029 W. Douglas in Delano is for sale or lease, but the store isn’t leaving Wichita.

“We’re trying to relocate,” says Vick Baklayan, president of the Maryland-based chain.

The company tried to sell or lease the space in 2008 to raise capital, but nothing happened.

Now, Baklayan says the store needs more space.

Currently, it has 5,500 square feet. He’s looking for a 10,000-square-foot building to buy somewhere along Kellogg.

“Our concept really needs a larger space,” Baklayan says.

He doesn’t have a preference whether the building is east or west.

Baklayan says for the right concept, he’ll consider financing a purchase of the Delano building.

The Shoe Warehouse, which has 33 stores nationally, has been in Delano for almost three years.

Baklayan says he and his partners “love doing business in Wichita.”

You don’t say

“I think it’s a good idea. Wichita’s just not ready for it right now maybe.”

Raul Tanguma, who moved his Sailor’s World Famous Tattoos from Towne West Square to Delano, on having a tattoo parlor at the mall

Jeremy Wade starts Jeremy Wade Catering and partners with Corporate Caterers of Wichita

1031econ_br2WICHITA — Chef Jeremy Wade has left Yia Yia’s Eurobistro to start Jeremy Wade Catering and join forces with Corporate Caterers of Wichita owner Ben Arnold.

The two will be owners in both companies.

“It’s a project I’ve chased for almost two years,” Arnold says of working with another caterer.

He started talking to Wade a year and a half ago.

“There’s a really, really strong need for a catering company with a very independent and strong culinary background,” Arnold says.

By independent, he means one not tied to a restaurant.

“Catering is always a side job to them,” he says.

Arnold says high-end restaurants call him looking for catering help.

“Wichita has a real need for upscale catering,” Wade says.

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