Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

Sunburst Plaza space will play host to an auction, but not for the property

WICHITA — There’s an auction sign at the former Integrity Auto Group space on East Douglas, but the building isn’t being auctioned.

Current tenant Valero, which subleased to the auto company, is auctioning some miscellaneous items at the space.

Valero’s lease is up next month at Sunburst Plaza at 1725, which is Phil Ruffin’s property at 1725 E. Douglas.

That part of the building is available for lease.

You don’t say

“A lot of people get a kick out of my sign.”

Huong “Sandy” Butler, the popular longtime owner of the Burger Stand at 17th and Mosley, who announced her return with a sign that says “Reopened under old management”

NuWay may bring its crumbly burgers to Derby and add to its Wichita sites

WICHITA — One year after announcing NuWay’s return to the 21st and Amidon area, Chris Stong says he’s working on some more potential deals.

The chain’s director of operations can’t share too many specifics yet, though he says the next new restaurant will be in a bedroom community to the southeast of Wichita.

Yes, Derby, that means you.

“We would love to have a store in Derby, and we are strongly considering a location on K-15,” Stong says.

He says the location has to have a drive-through.

“Otherwise we won’t take it,” he says. “We’ve got to have it.”

Stong says there’s a chance one of the existing six NuWays in Wichita may move. Its lease is coming up, and Stong says he’s considering other potential sites for the restaurant, though he won’t discuss which one it is.

Also, Stong is eyeing areas of Wichita for new NuWay sites.

“We’d love a northeast place like North Rock Road or North Greenwich Road somewhere,” he says. “That would be fantastic.”

Stong says he’d also like one in “what I call the super northwest,” meaning the 21st and Maize Road or 37th and Maize Road area.

First, though, comes the potential Derby opening and possible Wichita move.

When would Stong like to have that done by?

“Ah, four months ago.”

Checkers grocery store to close

WICHITA — Checkers, a longtime store in the Pawnee and Hydraulic area, is closing.

“The store is closing just due to economic conditions,” says Mike Collins, store manager.

The independent grocery, which is at 1915 E. Pawnee, has been open since 1987.

Collins won’t discuss who owns the store.

“We just don’t want to put that out there.”

The grocery leased the building. Collins isn’t sure what may take the store’s place or if there’s another tenant considering the space.

The store’s last day is May 28.

“Everything’s 30 percent off,” Collins says.

He won’t talk specifics on what happened to lead the store to close.

“The whole issue has just been the economy, and that’s just it,” Collins says. “That’s just about all we can say.”