Daily Archives: Sept. 5, 2013

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“I have actually seen the blueprints.”

City Council member Jeff Longwell on how, despite what it may seem, plans for a new Sam’s Club at 29th and Maize Road are moving forward

QuikTrip has two more Gen 3 stores planned in addition to three others in the works

UPDATED — QuikTrip is working on a couple of new Generation 3 stores in addition to the ones the Tulsa-based chain has already announced in Wichita.

The next one to be done after ones already slated for Kellogg and Broadway, Meridian and MacArthur and Harry and Webb will be one at the northeast corner of 37th and Rock Road.

“Yes, we are going to be doing a relocation there,” says QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh.

Currently, there’s a QuikTrip on the southwest corner of the intersection.

“It will be a Generation 3 store,” Thornbrugh says of what QuikTrip plans for the new site. “Hopefully, construction will start sometime this year and open up spring of next year.”

The new stores are much larger than older models and have an average of 5,700 square feet along with more fresh food options.

The chain also plans to do its new prototype at the northwest corner of Central and Oliver to replace the existing QuikTrip, though that one won’t happen as quickly.

QuikTrip has plans to tear down three houses and one commercial property to have room to do the new store, but the houses need to be rezoned to limited commercial.

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Geek Shop to expand to new space near Intrust Bank Arena

Jason Gregg of the Geek Shop, who says he fixes most anything with batteries or that plugs in an outlet.

WICHITA — Rockers, athletes and partiers all hang out in and around Intrust Bank Arena, so why not geeks, too?

Jason Gregg is moving his Geek Shop from 1,500 square feet at 837 S. Poplar near Lincoln and Interstate 135 to almost 11,000 square feet at 214 S. Commerce just north of the arena.

“With the arena starting to stand on its feet now, the area could change,” Gregg says. “The area will change. … I see it right now as unrealized opportunities.”

He likes the growing residential component along with the increasing number of businesses. Gregg thinks his company could see a lot of new work from customers in the area who need technology repairs and support.

“Basically, we’re just a little bit of everything,” he says of what he offers.

In addition to repairing almost anything that takes batteries or plugs in an outlet, Gregg also plans a 1,000-square-foot gaming lounge in his new space and a 1,000-square-foot Internet cafe that also can be used for board games and card games.

“We’re really into gaming. We love technology,” Gregg says. He says he views it “as a passion, so this really isn’t just a job.”

The new repair area will grow by 400 percent, he says, and he expects to be able to handle about 50 repairs at once.

In the new store’s basement, Gregg says, he’ll be able to properly handle the disposal of chemicals and components from electronics.

“It has to be recycled responsibly,” he says. “We’re a green company. We like to reuse, repurpose. We like to utilize limited resources and be creative.”

Jameson Decker of Builders Inc. handled the deal for the space.

Gregg plans to move in early October, and he expects his new store to be a test of sorts by furthering research into technology, particularly as it relates to open-source applications, meaning any technology without a license. The idea, he says, is “people being able to share information as fast as light will travel.”

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