Daily Archives: Jan. 9, 2013

You don’t say

“I got that 1,000 times.”

Chuck Giles, who keeps fielding questions about whether he’s closing Neighbor’s Restaurant & Bar (he’s not) now that he’s reopening Brints Diner

Absolute Natural Stones to move farther east on East Kellogg and expand

Nazir (left) and Ammar Jesri in the field on East Kellogg where they’re moving their Absolute Natural Stones.

WICHITA — A decade after opening Absolute Natural Stones, Ammar and Nazir Jesri are going to quit leasing and move their business to property they own.

“Finally,” Nazir Jesri says.

The business, along with sister company BidKansas.com, currently is on about two and a half acres they lease at 10909 E. Kellogg. The city is buying half the property for further Kellogg expansion.

The Jesris will keep prime Kellogg frontage by moving to more than 10 acres at 12225 E. Kellogg, which is just east of Lowe’s and next door to Public Storage.

In addition to more room, Ammar Jesri says the new property will allow more options.

“We can introduce more … businesses,” he says.

The Jesris have a master plan that they’re going to introduce in phases.

“We’re not going to be able to do it all at once,” Ammar Jesri says.

They hope to buy stone and other materials that aren’t completely processed so they can finish them themselves with cutting and light fabrication.

“We want to be able to produce it ourselves,” Ammar Jesri says.

“There’s opportunities for a lot of different things,” Nazir Jesri says.

That potentially includes granite countertops.

“It complements our business,” Nazir Jesri says. “Hopefully it is something we will be able to add.”

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Landmark’s Craig Simon takes over WaterWalk commercial leasing

WICHITA — Craig Simon of Landmark Commercial Real Estate is now handling commercial leasing at WaterWalk Place near Main and Waterman in addition to a few other properties Jack DeBoer owns.

“He’s just really excited about what’s going on downtown,” WaterWalk’s Vanessa Johnson says of Simon. “He’s really interconnected.”

There are five suites left on the west side of the first floor of WaterWalk Place. They’re 1,485 square feet each, except for one smaller suite that is 1,025 square feet.

“Hopefully we’ll have an announcement here in another 30 days,” Simon says of a new tenant.

Current tenants are V Wealth Management, Pulaski Bank, Fabulous Salon and Gifts, Kelley, York & Associates and Brothers & Co.

“That was designed for retail,” Simon says of the ground floor beneath residential condos. “It’s better suited for office right now.”

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