Daily Archives: March 26, 2013

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“I think they keep coming back now because of our TripAdvisor        rating … .”

Consolidated HoldingsSteve Butcher in an e-mail about two ducks who have returned every spring and fall to the pool at the Hotel at WaterWalk, which TripAdvisor.com recently ranked No. 11 nationwide for best service

Jack’s North Hi Carryout owner says the business sold for $116,600 at its last auction

WICHITA — Jack’s North Hi Carryout owner Austin Herron and McCurdy Auction auctioneer Megan McCurdy would like to get one thing clear before the April 11 auction of the business.

When Herron bought the business at auction in 2010, it sold for $116,600 – not $106,000 as the previous owner said. It looks like a buyer’s premium or some other real estate fee accounts for the discrepancy.

McCurdy says a lot has changed since the last time the business sold.

“The business is in a different condition today.”

She says there have been improvements to the building and the equipment in it.

“He’s really turned it around,” McCurdy says of Herron.

She says personal reasons are prompting him to sell.

“He’s not leaving for the sake of it not doing well. In fact, he’s got a good demand. I’ve been in there, and it’s been very busy.”

Fox Ridge Restaurant in Newton to close

WICHITA — In late 2011, Fox Ridge Restaurant owner Greg Davis described how supportive customers convinced him to keep his Newton restaurant open.

“It’s kind of a leap of faith,” he told Have You Heard?

The leap didn’t pay off.

The restaurant’s last day in business is Sunday.

“It’s very difficult for us,” Davis says. “We feel like we’ve done the right things, but we’re just in the wrong place.”

The restaurant is at the Fox Ridge Golf Club.

“We’re not on Main Street, and so people don’t think of us,” Davis says. “They forget we’re here.”

The restaurant was open for three years.

The building is now for lease.

“We have good service, good food, good view,” Davis says. “Don’t have enough customers. Pretty simple.”

Pier 1 Imports on West Kellogg to close

WICHITA — Perhaps not surprisingly, the Pier 1 Imports on West Kellogg will be closing.

A new west-side Pier 1 opened in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize in late 2011.

“Following a routine review, Pier 1 Imports has made the decision to close the West Kellogg location in late summer 2013,” spokeswoman Jennifer Engstrand said in an e-mailed response about the closing.

She said the chain “continually reviews new and existing store locations, to make sure we’re operating as efficiently as possible.”

Engstrand says the company will try to place its employees from the West Kellogg store at other Pier 1 stores here. She said the chain cares about its shoppers, too.

“We look forward to serving them at our Wichita locations on N. Rock Road and N. Maize Road, as well as other area Pier 1 Imports stores.”