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“We never actually worked anything out was the problem.”

– Former heavyweight world champion Ross “The Boss” Puritty, who wants people to know he is not affiliated with the new Title Boxing Club

Global PDR Solutions goes local with work at three new Wichita sites

WICHITA — After traveling the world, the owners of Wichita-based Global PDR Solutions are now going to concentrate on paintless dent repair and other work here.

“Basically what we’ve always done is just traveled and chased hail storms,” says Brian Patton, who is partners in the business with Hamendra Bhakta and Scott Dietz. “We just never concentrated or focused our energies here.”

That’s changing in part, Patton says, because “we’re starting to get a little older.”

The company is opening three new Wichita sites.

That includes a 1,600-square-foot corporate office at 764 N. Tyler, which is near Central and Tyler, that will have room to pull a car into for quick work.

“We can fix it right on the spot,” Patton says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the space, which Global PDR Solutions will move into this weekend.

A second site opened four weeks ago at 5600 W. Central, which is on the northeast corner of Central and I-235.

And four years after buying a 3,000-square-foot building downtown at 160 N. Kansas, the company has now opened there as well. Hail storms had kept the owners too busy to do it before now.

Patton says next the partners want east-side space.

“We’ve got our eye on a nice big building out there.”

Patton says their plans include more than hail repairs for the new shops.

“Our ultimate goal is to open them up as body shops in the near future.”

Qdoba Mexican Grill to open at least two restaurants on east and west sides

UPDATED — Restaurateur Eric Estes is bringing a new franchise to Wichita:

Qdoba Mexican Grill.

“We’re really impressed with … their culinary attitude (and) approach to food,” Estes says.

Estes Enterprises has 20 A&W and Long John Silver’s franchises in Kansas, including six of the seafood restaurants in Wichita.

Denver-based Qdoba, which was founded in 1995, has about 600 restaurants in 42 states.

Initially, Estes plans to bring Qdobas to Wichita’s east and west sides.

“Our plan is to have the first unit open by the end of ’12 or the very beginning of ’13,” he says.

The east-side Qdoba will be built first.

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons is helping Estes with the deals, which aren’t yet finalized.

Wink Hartman II of Ink Construction is the contractor.

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