Monthly Archives: February 2012

You don’t say

“Do you want to lose an arm?”

– Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau, jokingly warning Commissioner Jim Skelton not to steal his Peanut Butter Patties

Central Christian Church to break ground on new youth center

WICHITA — Central Christian Church is having a groundbreaking Wednesday for a new $2.9 million building at 2900 N. Rock Road that will be used for middle and high school youth groups.

“It really is exciting for our young people,” says senior pastor David Welsh.

The church so far has raised $1.9 million.

“We’ve been planning and praying about it for three years,” Welsh says. “We’re going to build it without debt.”

The 16,000-square-foot space will have a dozen classrooms, a worship area, Wi-Fi access and meeting areas for youth.

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Dillons at 21st and Amidon is mum on whether gas station is in the works

WICHITA — With all the new activity at 21st and Amidon, people are wondering if Dillons is ever going to put a gas station where Twin Lakes Liquor used to be.

The building still stands, and there’s no sign of any activity.

Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie won’t say if a gas station is a possibility.

“I can tell you that we’re always exploring options when it comes to how we can expand fuel for our customers because it’s something they tell us they enjoy about shopping with us, but unfortunately at this time I would be unable to confirm future plans for that location.”


CVS may come to the Wichita market, starting at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — It appears CVS is working on a deal at the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon, though no one involved is talking.

CVS has been playing a little hard to get with Wichita for the last several years.

In 2006, Have You Heard? reported that the Rhode Island-based company completed its acquisition of 700 Sav-On and Osco drug stores, including 22 in Kansas. A spokesman said that meant Wichita’s three Osco stores – on North Amidon, South Seneca and East Harry – would convert to CVS stores along with 19 others around the state.

Less than a month later, Osco employees here were informed their stores would be closing instead.

Then, in late 2008, sources confirmed that CVS was in the market scouting locations.

For the last few years, phone books have still been running a phone number – although it’s not working – for CVS at 2323 N. Amidon. That’s the former Osco space. There aren’t listings for the other former Osco sites, so it’s led some people to wonder if that’s because CVS is returning to the 21st and Amidon area.

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It’s confirmed: Planet Fitness to open at Normandie Center

WICHITA — Last week, Have You Heard? reported confirmation of Planet Fitness deals at 21st and Amidon and near 21st and Maize and said it looked like a deal also was done at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.

Now there’s confirmation of that, too, in the form of a building permit.

Planet Fitness has a permit for $550,000 at the center.


New bars and restaurants opening on east, west sides and downtown

WICHITA — There are several new bar and restaurant deals in the works.

Not unexpectedly, Charlie Badeen and David Allan have decided to reopen their O’Brien’s Irish Pub on East Kellogg by Scotch & Sirloin.

They closed it last year, and the short-lived Encore Restaurant and Nightclub took its place.

Earlier this month, Badeen told Have You Heard? he and Allan were considering various options for the space, including reopening O’Brien’s.

They originally closed because they were opening the new Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town, plus they already had Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill on the west side and Mulligan’s Pub out east.

They’ve since sold Mulligan’s, and they’re ready to open Joe’s in the next week or two.

Badeen says O’Brien’s should open by the end of March.

“Basically everything’s going to be about the same.”

There’s another deal in the works to bring a Pacific Coast Pizza downtown near Intrust Bank Arena.

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Wichita Granite and Cabinetry to open on South West Street most likely in March

WICHITA — Kansas City-based K.C. Granite is entering the Wichita market in the next month with Wichita Granite and Cabinetry.

The business and its showroom will open by April 1 in almost 2,000 square feet at 1800 S. West St.

Jason Huang, who will run the store here, says it will have 200 slabs of granite in stock and numerous cabinets from which to choose.

Wichita Granite and Cabinetry’s sister stores are K.C. Granite and Cabinetry in Lenexa and Kansas Granite Mart in Merriam and Lee’s Summit.

Huang can’t say whether the company will have more stores here.

“I’m not sure because Wichita is a small town.”


Slawson Cos. works to lift restriction on small part of NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Slawson Cos. is working to lift a zoning restriction on a lot at its NewMarket Square development at 21st and Maize.

The restriction won’t allow a drive-through on the lot next to where Jimmy John’s is opening by Applebee’s on 21st Street just west of Maize Road.

“That really was the catalyst for getting this restriction lifted,” says April Reed, a commercial broker with Slawson.

“Jimmy’s will have a drive-through,” Reed says. “Their lot wasn’t restricted.”

She says the best use of the restricted lot would be another quick-service style restaurant with a possible drive-through.

It would expand the potential businesses that could open there.

We’ll let you know what happens.


McDonald’s on West 13th Street gets facelift in preparation for possible new occupant

WICHITA — There’s been a lot of activity at the former McDonald’s on West 13th Street near Johnson’s Garden Centers, but there’s not yet a new business for the space.

“I’m just fixing it up for somebody that wants to rent it or buy it,” says owner Romualdo Lopez.

He says he’s put about $75,000 into the space.

That includes a new roof, facade and a general cleaning of the space.


To Get on the Shelf at Walmart is a Homecooked Shortcuts dream

WICHITA — Landing a spot on a Walmart shelf is a big deal for most manufacturers, which is why Wichitans Steve and Suzy Spatz have entered the chain’s Get on the Shelf competition.

“The Walmart competition is just a very unique opportunity,” Steve Spatz says.

The top winners of the contest, in which almost 4,000 participants have submitted videos of their work, will have their products featured at Walmart.

Spatz and his wife started Homecooked Shortcuts last year to sell the Corn-n-Tater Microwave Cooking Bag.

“It’s a simple, easy-to-use product,” Spatz says.

The bags can be used to cook vegetables such as corn and potatoes in the microwave.

“It makes it taste like it just came out of the oven instead of a microwave,” Spatz says.

Suzy Spatz made the products for years as gifts for family and friends.

“Momentum has just been growing and growing,” Steve Spatz says.

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