Monthly Archives: March 2011

See you next week

I’ll be out of the office until April 6. Will catch up on all the biz scoop then.



You don’t say

“If you could call someone at the federal government and rattle their cage, that would be great.”

Tom Smith, who is hoping to move his Alltite and MobileCal businesses to 141 S. Rock Island but is waiting to buy the building until he knows if he can get historic tax credits

B&C Barbecue owner files for bankruptcy

WICHITA — B&C Barbecue owner Carey Maurer has filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, but he says it won’t affect his restaurant.

Maurer, who took over the restaurant at 355 N. Washington from his late parents, has unresolved tax issues dating back at least to 2008.

At the time, he owed almost $52,000.

He lists liabilities of $49,152 for his bankruptcy, but Maurer says that’s not what he owes in taxes.

“Who knows what the right figures are.”

Maurer says he’s simply reorganizing now.

“We’ll get it all figured out, I guess.”

Domino’s to move west-side store to 21st and Maize area

WICHITA — Domino’s franchisees Mike and Stacia McKnight are moving their restaurant near Central and Tyler to new space near 21st and Maize after the close of business on Monday.

“It has a pick-up window that we’ll be able to utilize, and the corner is busier,” Mike McKnight says of the new space.

The restaurant, which will have delivery in addition to the drive through, will be in part of the former In the Bag Cleaners space. That’s in the same center where the new Heads and New Balance shoe stores are.

In the Bag owner David Coyle found he didn’t need the approximately 2,600 square feet that Best Cleaners used to use as a plant after he bought that store.

“It was just way too much space,” Coyle says.

He’ll now have 1,100 square feet.

“It’ll make a big difference.”

There will be a second drive-through lane next to the Domino’s drive through for a Bank of America ATM.

The McKnights, who have two Domino’s stores here, three in Topeka and six in the Kansas City area, want to open more in Wichita.

Mike McKnight says, “We think total, the market would be able to handle six to seven.”

Look for more lease signings soon.

IMA Financial Group sues former president of its Kansas City and Topeka offices and Lockton Inc. over breach of contract

WICHITA — IMA Financial Group has filed a lawsuit in Sedgwick County District Court against Douglas Anderson, former president of IMA’s Kansas City and Topeka offices, and his new company, Lockton Inc.

Anderson didn’t return a call for comment, but the lawsuit states he worked for Lockton years ago then went to another company and then to IMA in late 2006.

According to the lawsuit, in late 2009, Anderson signed a confidentiality agreement that included a two-year nonsolicitation clause.

“About one year after entering into the Agreement, Anderson began to orchestrate a scheme to resign from IMA, join Lockton, and solicit IMA’s clients to Lockton,” the suit says.

The suit further says that since Anderson left in January, at least two IMA clients canceled relationships with the company to follow Anderson to Lockton.

Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association is ending its 18-year relationship with IMA.

It’s not clear if that is one of the relationships the suit refers to.

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KAKE, Channel 10, to drop its 4 p.m. news; KWCH, Channel 12, to add 4 p.m. newscast on sister station

UPDATED — KAKE, Channel 10, is dropping its 4 p.m. newscast, but marketing director Bryan Frye says that doesn’t mean the station is offering any less news.

“We’re still doing the same amount of news, just in different time periods,” he says.

There is no staffing reduction related to the change.

Frye says that in January, KAKE added a 4:30 a.m. newscast in anticipation of canceling the half-hour 4 p.m. newscast, which debuted in 2007.

“The problem was we never really had a good companion piece at 4:30,” Frye says.

He says viewers tuned in for the 4 p.m. newscast but then left at 4:30. The station tried several half-hour shows in that slot, but none was a good lead-in to the 5 p.m. news.

In September, KAKE will run the hour-long “Dr. Oz” at 4 p.m. He’s one of the syndicated “You Docs” The Eagle runs every Tuesday.

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You don’t say

“It’s an experiment to see if a casino would succeed in downtown Wichita.”

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney broker and Cards for the Cure creator Spike Anderson, joking in an e-mail about the Friday poker tournament to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Associated adds Springfield, Mo., office and changes names

Associated Integrated Marketing's new Springfield, Mo., office is in 1,300 square feet at the 100-year-old Mulhollan-Kelley Building across from Founders Park in downtown Springfield.

WICHITA — Associated advertising, which will now be known as Associated Integrated Marketing, is adding a new office in Springfield, Mo.

“This is our first office outside of Wichita in our 65-year history,” says public relations director Shawn Steward.

The office will be staffed by three people from the Springfield area that Steward says Associated staff knew through previous business relationships.

“We knew that we wanted to find digital resources to bring in house,” he says.

That includes offerings such as web development, social media, mobile marketing, interactive applications and coupon services that Steward calls essential to effective marketing.

He says in the past, the agency — like many other agencies — has sometimes hired freelancers to do that work.

“We’re at a tipping point, I think, where it makes sense for us to bring this type of specialized, highly skilled resource in house,” Steward says.

The Springfield office will have three employees addressing that kind of work:

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Cohlmia Marketing to move to Delano

UPDATED — Cohlmia Marketing is moving from one historic building to another.

The marketing-communication firm has been in the Yellow Cab building in Old Town for a decade.

It’s moving to the Travel Air Building at 535 W. Douglas in Delano.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to have some Douglas street exposure,” says president Carol Skaff.

That’s partly why she’s moving.

“We’re kind of off the beaten path here,” she says of her location on Mosley Street between First and Second streets.

That’s the same building where Egg Cetera is.

“It really is a wonderful location,” Skaff says. “We have really enjoyed Old Town.”

When the office opened there, there was no Old Town Square.

“The energy has been building,” Skaff says. “It’s been really fun to be part of that.

“At this time, the energy of Delano is really starting to, I guess, percolate,” she says. “They’ve just been doing so many interesting developments, and it has an interesting creative vibe, and that was attractive to us.”

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V-Twin Specialties to move, double in size

WICHITA — In the two short years since he opened V-Twin Specialties in Delano, Scott Shirkey says his motorcycle service and repair business has consistently grown.

“I’m at the point now where I have to roll basically 15 bikes out of my shop just to get room to work,” he says.

He’s now doubling his space by moving from a rented building at Maple and Seneca to his own building at 5135 W. Central near Cherry Orchard Furniture.

“We’re building a brand new one,” Shirkey says of the 2,400-square-foot building.

Initially, he looked for more space to rent, which he would have had to design to fit his needs.

Then he did some investigation.

“It wasn’t really that much more money to build one,” he says.

The extra room will allow him to expand into more retail sales of parts and apparel.

Shirkey also does some custom work.

Look for the new store to open in early June.