Daily Archives: Nov. 7, 2012

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“Girls girls girls. Just kidding. Beer wine & spirits.”

– A sign outside Flint Hills Wine & Spirits in Andover

B/E Aerospace signs Northrock Place lease

WICHITA — B/E Aerospace has signed a lease for 15,000 square feet at 8110 E. 32nd St. North in Northrock Place.

No one with the company is sharing details yet, but it sounds like B/E may be adding as many as 60 engineers.

Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Branson also just did a lease for B/E for an 80,000-square-foot warehouse at the Greenwich Industrial Park near K-96 and Greenwich.

B/E currently has a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Comotara Business Park.

Lux lands first commercial tenant: Defense Contract Management Agency

UPDATED — The Lux has landed its first commercial tenant.

The federal government’s Defense Contract Management Agency and its 45 employees will be moving into almost 10,000 square feet at the building, which is the former Protection One office at the northwest corner of First and Market.

Developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey are remodeling the 7-story, 171,000-square-foot building into luxury apartments and possible condos and will have commercial space on the first two floors.

Angela Brees, public affairs officer with the General Services Administration, says the government has a 10-year lease on the space, five years of which are firm. She says the total contract value is almost $2.3 million.

The agency currently is at 271 W. Third. Its lease expired, and a bid process was held for a new lease.

“This was the most cost-effective option,” Brees says.

She says the agency will move into the Lux in late August.

 

Dillons adds fuel center in Andover

WICHITA — There’s a new Dillons Fuel Center under construction just west of the chain’s grocery store along Kellogg in Andover.

There will be six fuel pumps with diesel and gasoline that can accommodate 12 vehicles.

“We’ll also have a small kiosk, which is the typical format for our Dillons Fuel Centers,” says spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie.

Unless there are delays related to weather, Lowrie says the gas station should open by the end of the year.

Wisconsin-based Cobblestone Inn & Suites looking to bring hotel to Augusta

UPDATED — A new hotel may be coming to Augusta.

Wisconsin-based Cobblestone Inn & Suites, which recently opened a new hotel in Anthony and also has one in Harper, is considering a 50-room hotel.

“They have been looking at our community,” says Mayor Kristey Williams. “They’re growing very rapidly.”

Cobblestone is considering property on Seventh Avenue next to a car lot and just down from the new Walmart.

“It’s not finalized, but there seems to be a lot of interest,” Williams says.

Cobblestone is looking for local investors to be part of an LLC. The hotel isn’t a franchise.

Williams compares it to a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn.

“It’s of that caliber.”

She says there would be a pool and a bar.

“It has all the amenities and features that you would find at any reputable chain.”

Attracting a well-known franchise in a city of Augusta’s size is difficult, Williams says.

“As you can imagine, it’s much more expensive to bring a franchise into your community.”

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