Daily Archives: June 28, 2010

Liquor Warehouse to open at Prescott Center near 21st and Maize

WICHITA — Though Greg and Melissa Wilson aren’t locating their new Liquor Warehouse at NewMarket Square, NewMarket is part of what convinced them to choose the 21st and Maize intersection.

The Wilsons’ store will open at Prescott Center near the southwest corner of the intersection in September.

That’s across from the NewMarket entrance by Walmart.

“It’s a perfect draw coming right out of that Walmart exit,” Greg Wilson says.

He says he and his wife looked at several properties in the area, but that one “was going to be much more customer friendly.”

Jeff Walenta and Grant Glasgow of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented the landlord, and Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial represented the Wilsons.

The store will be 3,000 square feet.

Wilson says he won’t know what he’ll specialize in until his customers tell him what they want.

“We have been customers for our entire lives, and no one has asked us our thoughts and our opinions on anything,” he says. “We as customers just accept what folks do with us.”

Wilson says that’s not how he wants his store to be.

“Our notion is let’s mix and match,” he says. “Let’s kind of be the disc jockeys of the retail world and take special requests and take call-in orders and (do) unique packaging.

“The customers run the thing. Not us.”

You don’t say

“Can’t believe that. I never go to anything unless it has a ball or a clock.”

—A comment from Bob Hanson, president and chief executive of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, as he was spotted leaving Botanica Sunday

Mother Nature postpones Seafood Shop delivery

WICHITA — Seafood Shop co-owner Jessica Eberth is stunned to report that she didn’t have fresh fish to sell Saturday because either a tornado or straight-line winds destroyed the delivery truck bringing her fish Friday night.

“I thought they were kidding when they notified us,” says Eberth, whose shop is in Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.

The delivery truck was coming from Denver. The incident happened just outside of Colby.

“Although the driver is OK, it totally destroyed the trailer,” Eberth says.

“What are the odds of that?” she asks. “You would never think out of, what, 1,500 semis rolling across I-70 that a random tornado would hit ours.”

It looks like the truck also had fish deliveries for area restaurants, too.

Eberth says that although she was floored, her customers handled it just fine.

“Everybody took it in really good spirits,” she says. “I had no complaints.”