Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

Policy change leads to employee grumbling on Via Christi Health’s Facebook page before comments were removed

WICHITA — A policy change related to employee cafeteria discounts led to a minor Facebook dustup for Via Christi Health this week.

Employees no longer will receive discounts at any of Via Christi’s cafeterias.

“It’s a cost-savings measure,” says Judy Espinoza, chief human resource officer.

Also, she says there were a range of discounts depending on locations, and some sites didn’t have any.

“It was very inconsistent.”

After the change was announced, some employees took to Via Christi’s main Facebook page to complain.

“It was very obvious the employees did not know they were on the public page,” Espinoza says. “You could tell from the language.”

Also, she says some comments tagged employees who weren’t part of the conversation although they appeared to be.

“That kind of crosses the line,” Espinoza says.

“I’m not a Facebook savvy person,” she says, but if she were caught in a similar situation, “I’d just be mortified.”

She says Via Christi made the decision to remove the comments after one employee who was tagged expressed concern.

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You don’t say

“Didn’t know the French were pogo stick illiterate.”

— An e-mail from Wichita producer Bob Walterscheid on a commercial he shot in the ’70s for a Chance Rides pogo stick that a French producer would like to use to help educate viewers on the history of pogo sticks

Four of six Kansas Turnpike service stations to change either food or fuel options

WICHITA — A disappointed traveler noticed the McDonald’s has closed at the Matfield Green service station along the Kansas Turnpike, but he’s happy to see a Dunkin’ Donuts will be opening there.

It’ll actually be a combination Dunkin’ Donuts and Hardee’s restaurant. Four of the six service stations along the turnpike are undergoing changes.

“The contract was up,” says Lisa Callahan, the Kansas Turnpike Authority’s director of public relations.

There was a new bidding process, which is what’s leading to the changes.

The Towanda service station also is converting from a McDonald’s to a combination Hardee’s and Dunkin Donuts.

The McDonald’s restaurants at the Lawrence and Belle Plaine service stations were the successful bidders and will remain in those stations.

Some fuel operating partners are changing, though.

Like the previous contracts, the new ones are for 10 years.

Callahan says KTA owns the land and buildings for the stations, but its business partners operate them.

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Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry and College Hill Cleaners to move within Bradley Fair; new national retailer coming soon

WICHITA — The latest round of musical chairs — business style — is almost over at Bradley Fair.

“The first piece of the puzzle was moving Howard’s Optique, which we did at the end of last year,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

Howard’s moved from its freestanding space to new space between Sephora and Jason’s Deli.

Now, Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry is moving into the freestanding building that Howard’s left. Amy’s Hallmark shop already is there.

Cooper’s impending move has been one of the worst-kept recent retail secrets, but now that it’s happening, she’s eager to talk.

“I am so thankful that George Laham has given me this opportunity,” she says of the center’s developer.

“I probably wouldn’t have stepped out on my own and done it,” Cooper says. “It just makes it so much more convenient for our customers to visit.”

Her new space will be 4,000 square feet, which is about 20 percent more than what she has now.

“So we can grow and be a better store and offer new lines and offer more of some lines that we have,” Cooper says.

College Hill Cleaners also is moving. It’s taking 1,300 square feet where Origins used to be and will have a new after-hours box for customers to drop off items needing cleaning.

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