Daily Archives: July 30, 2012

KU sports store to open at Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — The same company that has Lids sports cap stores in Towne East and Towne West Squares is bringing a KU store to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock.

No one with Nashville-based Genesco is talking, but work is under way at the store, which will sell officially licensed KU merchandise.

It’s not clear when the 2,000-square-foot store will open.

It’s taking part of the former Souper!Salad! space at Eastgate.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. represented Eastgate, and Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented the tenant.

You don’t say

“It’s a sad day because Wichitans have nowhere to celebrate it. Don’t you think?”

– An e-mail from Stephen Clark II, who helped land Whole Foods, about National Cheesecake Day Monday (yes, he’s working on getting Cheesecake Factory, too, but calls it a long shot)

Mitchell Theatres buys Colorado theater

UPDATED — On the heels of entering New Mexico to expand its chain of theaters, Mitchell Theatres has now added a fifth state: Colorado.

The company purchased Skyline Cinema in Dillon, Colo., an eight-screen theater that serves the Summit County resort community. That includes Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Frisco, Copper and Dillon.

This makes 11 theaters and 81 screens that the Mitchell family owns. The family, including Brian Mitchell and his siblings Brent, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas, is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton six years ago and has been steadily acquiring new theaters ever since.

The Colorado acquisition was completed the Monday after the July 20 shootings in an Aurora theater, which is about 80 miles from the Dillon theater.

Brian Mitchell says while he was in Colorado for the purchase, he drove to Aurora to visit a memorial to the victims.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Mitchell says. “Your heart goes out to the families, but it’s also inspiring because you’d visit with people around the memorial.”

He says he contacted each of his family’s theaters regarding security after the Aurora shootings. Mitchell said he instructed managers to hire extra security officers if they felt they were needed, and some did. He says the theaters are still allowing costumes at shows, but not full masks or fake weapons.

“You didn’t want to eliminate the experience of dressing up for Batman, but you want to make everybody feel safe.”

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