Daily Archives: Feb. 4, 2013

Still no word on gas at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — It’s still not certain that Dillons is adding a fueling center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported when the company knocked down the former Twin Lakes Liquor building.

Dillons employees were telling customers a gas station was coming, but company spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie wasn’t available for comment.

Now she is, but she still can’t confirm what’s happening. As soon as she can, she says, we’ll be the first ones she tells.

You don’t say

“I need him to narrow that down. Maybe cut a couple of more hours.”

– Mayor Carl Brewer on the success of downtown development, which he says causes Wichita Downtown Development Corp. president Jeff Fluhr to get only about five hours of sleep most nights

Towne West Square Lane Bryant to close

WICHITA — Almost 20 years after opening in Towne West Square, Lane Bryant is closing.

The store’s last day in business is Feb. 23.

The national chain, which specializes in plus-size women’s clothing, has had plans to close the Towne West store since a Lane Bryant opened in NewMarket Square in 2011.

Missy Meyer, manager of the NewMarket store, says there are no plans to close or move the Towne East Square Lane Bryant.

Wichita Vending and Wichita Canteen are now called Premier Food Service

WICHITA — Joe Hemmelgarn now confirms what Have You Heard? reported last month: Wichita Vending and Wichita Canteen are now going to be called Premier Food Service.

“We used to be just a vending company,” Hemmelgarn says. “Now we’ve evolved into a larger food service company.”

The company offers catering, concessions, coffee and water among other things.

Almost a year ago, Wichita Vending purchased Wichita Canteen. Hemmelgarn says there was a plan to change the name from the beginning, but it wasn’t a top priority.

“The name is the last thing you need,” he says. “Just getting our hands around merging the two companies took a while.”

There are about 190 employees at the company.

The Premier name came from a division at Wichita Canteen.

“They had used that name for their contract food service,” Hemmelgarn says. “It was a familiar name, and it was kind of trying to keep it in house. It was easy.”