Daily Archives: May 30, 2013

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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 www.mccurdyauction.com. 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.