Observant readers ask some smart questions about area properties

WICHITA — Observant readers have noticed some activity at a couple of vacant buildings and are wondering what’s up.

Sadly, not much.

There was a promising-looking construction trailer in front of the former Rose Bowl West at 520 N. West St. recently, but a deal for a new tenant fell through.

On the east side, there’s been some activity at the former Sportsman’s Warehouse building at One Kellogg Place.

There’s a Halloween shop that will be opening there, but only temporarily.

Another reader was doing some checking into Chick-fil-A and whether it really is bringing a freestanding restaurant to Central and Rock in addition to the small Chick-fil-A at Wichita State University.

Chick-fil-A has confirmed it for Have You Heard?, as have the property owners, but apparently no one has told the customer service folks at the restaurant chain.

A representative returned an e-mail inquiry from the Eagle reader and said “our records do not indicate development plans.”

“Currently, our focus for expansion includes Southern California and the Chicago market,” the e-mail said. “We hope to add additional markets for expansion in the next five years.”

Wichita, your wait is likely to be more like five months — or maybe a few months longer at the most.

Hang in there.