Turns out he’s married to Colleen Bradley, whose Cappuccino Inc. previously owned the franchise at One Kellogg Place at Kellogg and Greenwich.
“What can I say?” Bockus says. “It’s like a lot of other small businesses out there. The economy was just staggering to the point where Cappuccino closed in May.”
Bockus says his wife won’t be involved in the business.
“It’s me running this place now.”
So why reopen it?
“I’m a little crazy.”
He’s also making some changes, including renegotiating the lease.
“If the overhead wasn’t what it was, it probably would still exist,” Bockus says of his wife’s store.
He says when her store opened in 2005, “Landlords were naming their price.”
That was OK for the first four or so years, he says.
“When the economy went south, the numbers didn’t work anymore,” Bockus says. “We’re renegotiating the lease to where it’s a little more agreeable.”
He’s also downsized the store by about 25 percent with the reduction of the fish department, which Bockus says was underperforming.
“I think the numbers work now, and I believe in the Wichita market.”