Loft to open this fall at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Finally, Bradley Fair can reveal the reason behind its game of musical chairs, business style.

Loft is coming to the center at 21st and Rock Road this fall.

“We have been working with them for quite some time,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

“It’s been one of our most-requested stores,” she says. “We do listen, and we do appreciate when our customers give us their … input on what stores and restaurants they would like for us to have at Bradley Fair.”

Formerly known as Ann Taylor Loft, the women’s clothing store is something of a hipper younger sister to Ann Taylor. There are 500 of the stores nationwide.

The store will locate between Talbots and Bella Luna Cafe where Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry and College Hill Cleaners are vacating.

Randy Cooper’s is moving to where Howard’s Optique used to be. Howard’s moved from its freestanding space to new space between Sephora and Jason’s Deli in the first round of moves to prepare for Loft.

College Hill Cleaners is moving to where Origins used to be.

Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the Loft deal.

“You know, the quality of our tenants at Bradley Fair allows us to continue to attract … interest from other local and national retailers,” Erickson says. “It’s all about synergy.”

The Loft lease brings the Bradley Fair occupancy to 100 percent.

“It’s fully leased,” Erickson says.

That doesn’t mean there’s not more to come, though.

“We have other opportunities coming up,” she says.

Meaning a business is leaving or the center is going to get creative with its space?

“We’re getting creative,” Erickson says. “More on that will be coming.”