Daily Archives: June 18, 2010

Abelardo’s coming to former Dog-N-Shake space at Maple and West

WICHITA — There’s a new Mexican restaurant coming to the northwest corner of Maple and West streets where Dog-N-Shake was and where Long John Silver’s used to be.

Abelardo Gonzalez is opening Abelardo’s in about two weeks.

He has four of the restaurants in Omaha and one in Spokane, Wash. They all serve what he calls authentic Mexican cuisine.

Don Arnold of NAI John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal.

He likes Gonzalez’s plans.

“He’s going to be a great asset to the neighborhood,” Arnold says.

The restaurant will have a drive-through and be open 24 hours a day.

It’s likely the first of several here for Gonzalez.

“That’s the idea, to open more restaurants here,” he says. “I hope people want to try it.”

Jordan Sports to open at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops

WICHITA — Landon Jordan had hoped to teach social studies at Valley Center High School where he’s an assistant coach of the girls basketball team, but he says state budget cuts foiled those plans.

So instead, Jordan, who has a master’s degree in sports management, is opening Jordan Sports at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

The 1,200-square-foot store will offer screen printing, embroidery, uniforms and some equipment.

“I know about sports,” Jordan says.

So when teaching didn’t work out, he says he started contemplating this store and made some calls to check into it.

“The more people I called, the more people wanted stuff,” Jordan says.

His father, Randy, also will be involved in the business. Randy Jordan is the head girls basketball coach at Newton High School.

Landon Jordan says they hope to sell to a lot of colleges, high schools and recreation centers.

The business officially opens July 1, which is when a Web site will be ready, too. Landon Jordan says he’ll offer an expanded line of products at www.jordansportsks.com.

Academy Sports and Outdoors may come to Wichita

WICHITA — Academy Sports and Outdoors is looking to possibly come to Wichita.

In fact, the sporting goods chain was close to a deal in the 29th and Maize Road area a few months back.

It’s not clear what the holdup is, but Academy spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook says the company is evaluating Wichita.

Academy has stores throughout the South, including in neighboring Oklahoma and Missouri, but none in Kansas.

We’ll let you know if a deal happens here.