Monthly Archives: May 2013

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“Those guys actually cried because they know the people … and they know the pet as well.”

Rene Steven on employees at the Central and Hillside Spangles where a cocker spaniel named Maggie used to pop by for treats before her recent untimely death

QuikTrip to build two new Generation 3 stores on the south side

WICHITA — QuikTrip is planning two new Generation 3 stores to replace existing ones in south Wichita.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the stores we have in Wichita are the older models,” says spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “It’s a more mature division.”

The QuikTrip at the southeast corner of Meridian and MacArthur is moving to the northwest corner.

“To do the new Gen 3 the way we want to do it, we can’t do it on the current site, so we’re going across the street,” Thornbrugh says.

The existing store at the intersection has only a few pumps.

“That doesn’t cut it in today’s world for QuikTrip,” Thornbrugh says.

The other new store will replace the one at Harry and Webb.

“That’s what we call a scrape-and-build, meaning we will tear down the existing (store) and build a new store in that location,” Thornbrugh says.

The Tulsa-based chain has 38 stores in the greater Wichita area. Thornbrugh can’t say how many will need to be replaced or when that might happen.

“Honestly, you’ve got to look at them store by store.”

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Taco Town to open in former Taco Tico space near Central and Greenwich

WICHITA — Taco Tico may be gone from the Central and Greenwich area, but Taco Town is moving in to its former space at 11333 E. Central.

Larry and Rosemarie Ross are relocating the restaurant from Scottsbluff, Neb.

Larry Ross says his in-laws opened the business, and he and his wife have been running it for almost two decades.

They’re relocating to Wichita because their daughter, Amber Hehnke, and her family are here.

“I know I’ve got to start all over,” Ross says.

He hopes to open the restaurant by early July, but Ross says he’s encountering more red tape than he thought he would.

“I didn’t realize it was such a hassle,” he says of opening a restaurant in Wichita.

Taco Town will seat about 70.

Don Piros with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Ross says the restaurant will serve homemade food but no alcohol.

“I believe in my mother-in-law’s philosophy,” Ross says. “If you want a drink, go out to a bar.”

New Beginnings Chiropractic to open at Reflection Ridge Chiropractic

WICHITA — After working for others the last seven years, chiropractor Ashley Thompson is opening her own place.

Her New Beginnings Chiropractic will share space and staff with Reflection Ridge Chiropractic near the northeast corner of 21st and Tyler.

“I specialize in pregnant women and kids,” Thompson says.

That includes babies, she says.

Babies need chiropractic care?

“You’d be surprised,” Thompson says.

She says she’s able to help them overcome colic, acid reflux and recurrent ear infections.

Thompson treats patients of all ages, though.

“I just have a particular passion for pregnant women and kids,” she says. “I’m a mom myself. I have young kids, so I know what it’s like.”

Her children are 2 and 3 1/2 years old.

“That’s why I held off on opening my own business for a while.”

New Beginnings opens June 3.

“I love it,” Thompson says. “My favorite part of my job is getting to meet a new baby after I’ve worked with their mom during their pregnancy.”


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“We shall all have a moment of silence for the loss of cinnamon rolls.”

— Former Wichitan Greg Armfield’s Facebook comment as Wichita residents lamented the loss of CiCi’s Pizza at 37th and Woodlawn (although another CiCi’s franchisee is considering reopening there)

Howard’s Optical to consolidate two stores

WICHITA — Howard’s Optical is consolidating two of its stores with “one big, giant move.”

So says vice president and co-owner Linda Charmchizadeh.

The stores at 1650 S. Oliver and in Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn will consolidate at 5405 E. Central, which is just west of Central and Edgemoor.

“We’re going to have more of a … street view,” Charmchizadeh says. At Normandie, she says, “Not a lot of people can see us.”

Friday is the last day for the stores to be in their current spaces. They reopen in the new space on Monday.

Howard’s Optical, which has several more stores around Wichita, sells frames and lenses and has its own servicing labs.

Charmchizadeh says the chain will have more news later this year.

“This is our 45-year anniversary.”

McCurdy Auction to auction former Checkers merchandise and equipment along with contents of former Scholfield site

WICHITA — Everything that didn’t sell at the Checkersgoing-out-of-business sale by Tuesday when it closed is now going to be up for auction.

Megan McCurdy says it’s going to be a big one.

“Basically everything you’d find in a grocery store,” she says.

McCurdy Auction will hold an auction at 9 a.m. on June 18 and 19.

The grocery store, which was in the Pawnee and Hydraulic area since 1987, has already sold all of its fresh produce and meat. Other food, such as canned goods, remains along with cosmetics, pharmacy and pet supplies.

At noon on the second day of the sale, the store’s equipment will be sold. That includes a forklift, walk-in coolers, shelves, ovens and meat slicers among other things.

McCurdy says the auction is so big, there will be multiple auctioneers working simultaneously.

“They’re going to be long, full days.”

Scholfield Buick GMC also is having an auction at 10 a.m. on June 13 to sell the furniture and equipment at its former store at 7633 E. Kellogg. The dealership moved to the southwest corner of 13th and Greenwich.

McCurdy says the auction includes office furniture and shop equipment, such as lifts, tools and an alignment machine.

“That one’s pretty manageable,” she says.

Finally, McCurdy is going to be holding one of its quarterly auctions for about 40 mostly residential investment properties at 6 p.m. on June 27 at the Holiday Inn near Kellogg and Rock Road.

Each of the properties will be open to tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 23.

Most of the properties are available to see at All of them will be posted by the end of the week.

Tractor Supply to open Augusta store

UPDATED — Tractor Supply, a national chain that sells lawn, garden and animal care products, is expanding with a new store in Augusta.

The company already has stores on East and West Kellogg.

The new store is tentatively set to open Oct. 10 at the southwest corner of Southwest Diamond Road and East Kellogg. Jeff Englert and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens represented a seller who sold three and a quarter acres to a developer who is a building a building for Tractor Supply.

Englert and Farha’s client has another eight acres near there to sell.

Via e-mail, a Tractor Supply representative said the area is especially attractive because of farmers and horse owners who live and work there.

The store, which will be almost 20,000 square feet, will employ 12 to 17 full-time and part-time employees.


Big E’s Vapor Room to open on South Rock

WICHITA — Eldon Simmons dropped a bad habit which in turn gave him an idea to start a new business.

“My fiance has been on my butt to quit smoking,” says Simmons, who is a service manager at a truck stop.

He decided to try electronic cigarettes and says he was able to quit real ones two days later. He says he introduced them to friends who had the same success.

“So far, it’s a 100 percent success ratio,” Simmons says. “It’s amazing is what it is.”

So he’s decided to open Big E’s Vapor Room, which will be similar to a cigar lounge except customers will smoke electronic cigarettes.

In the next couple of weeks, Simmons and his business partner, Knucklehead Leather co-owner Sherri Meyer, will open in 830 square feet at 946 S. Rock Road. That’s just south of Lincoln on the east side of Rock Road.

“If this thing blows up like I think it will, I’m going to expand,” Simmons says.

He’ll offer coffee, soft drinks, WiFi and TV at first but hopes to add food and liquor later.

“I think it’ll turn into that.”

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“The @WichitaOrpheum could use a little Jesus after @RealTracyMorgan’s performance there. #itwaspurefilth”

— A tweet from comedian Ron Shively, aka @FunnyMrBiggs, after hearing City Life Church is going to rent the Orpheum Theatre every Sunday morning for services