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“It’s like a state fair on steroids.”

– Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George on his first impression of the Farnborough International Airshow

Picasso’s Pizzeria owner Kurt Schmidt seeks east-side space

WICHITA — Kurt Schmidt, owner of the popular Picasso’s Pizzeria in Delano, is looking at opening a second location on the east side.

One possible site is the southeast corner of Central and Vassar in College Hill.

“Nothing’s set in stone,” Schmidt says. “I haven’t signed anything.”

His first Picasso’s opened in March and was an immediate hit.

Schmidt says his plan from the beginning was to have more than one restaurant.

He’s not thinking much about expansion plans this week, though.

“Right now I’m worried about my walk-in (cooler) because it’s not working,” Schmidt says.

The restaurant had a partial power outage on Sunday and Schmidt says “basically it fried my compressor.”

The restaurant is closed for now, but Schmidt hopes to reopen Wednesday.

Then, he’ll have more time to think about east-side locations again.

“I’ve got to figure out which is the right one.”

CVS is working on three potential stores

UPDATED — CVS is getting serious about entering the Wichita market.

The Rhode Island-based chain of pharmacies is actively working on replatting property for possible store locations at the southwest corner of Harry and Hillside and the northeast corner of Central and Oliver, according to documents filed with the planning department.

Early this year, Have You Heard? reported that CVS is working on a possible store at the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon. A source says that deal appears to still be on, and construction is likely to start next year.

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

In 2006, Have You Heard? reported that the 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.

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