Tech Outlet to open next to west-side Party City next week

WICHITA — Sterling Morrison was working for a wireless business when he got an idea for a new company.

When the wireless chain needed new computers, he says, it would buy refurbished ones online.

“So I’m like, wow, there’s a niche here,” Morrison says.

That’s why he’s opening Tech Outlet late next week at 6810 W. Kellogg, which is next to Party City.

Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the 2,250-square-foot space.

“We offer factory refurbished electronics,” Morrison says.

That includes TVs, computers, cameras and game consoles among other things.

“A lot of people go online and try to buy refurbished things rather than paying full retail,” Morrison says. “Here, you can just walk in the doors, look at the things we have to offer . . . and you can buy it right then and walk out of the doors with it.”

The products, most of which should be in by next weekend when the store opens, will come with warranties. Extended warranties also will be available.

“Basically, we don’t want anybody to have any issues we can’t take care of,” Morrison says.

Ideally, he says, this won’t be his only Tech Outlet, and Wichita won’t be his only market.

“I want to see how this goes,” Morrison says.

“There’s definitely a market for it. People are still spending money. They’re just being a lot smarter about it.”