Daily Archives: Oct. 14, 2013

Haysville is getting a new Kwik Shop

WICHITA — At long last, Haysville is getting a new Kwik Shop.

It looked like a new store was going to open a few years back, but it didn’t happen.

Now, one is under construction at the northeast corner of Grand and Meridian. It will replace the current store at 424 W. Grand.

“Haysville has been under review for some time by Kwik Shop,” director of real estate Clay Brasher said in an e-mail.

“Kwik Shop is extremely excited about the current store project, and we feel that our customers will be as well. Kwik Shop has received a lot of feedback from our customers in the Haysville community suggesting an upgrade to our current facility and offering, and we are very happy to be able to provide just that.”

At more than 7,500 square feet, the store will be bigger than Kwik Shop’s other new stores at 37th and Maize Road and 13th and Woodlawn.

There will be an expanded grocery area with more fresh items.

Look for the new Kwik Shop to open in 2014.

Mead’s Corner signs second five-year lease; looks to expand to other parts of Wichita

WICHITA — It appears word may be circulating that Mead’s Corner is for sale, so First United Methodist Church senior pastor Kent Rogers wants to set the record straight:

“Absolutely not,” he says. “We just actually started our second five-year lease on the building.”

There will be a fifth birthday party on Dec. 7.

The church opened Mead’s Corner as a way to serve the community.

“It’s really a center for outreach ministry for us,” Rogers says. “If anything we would be looking in the days to come for opportunities for expansion.”

He says as the church looks back at the last five years and what the Mead’s Corner founders planned, “we’ll be talking about our next five years.”

There are no immediate plans, but Rogers says the church hopes to open in other areas of the city while keeping the downtown space.

In the meantime, he says, the plan is “just to continue to improve on what we’re doing.”

Food For Thought to close after 42 years

UPDATED — More than four decades after opening, Food For Thought is closing.

“It probably should have been done before now,” owner Melinda Foley says. “The competition in town is just getting tougher and tougher.”

Foley says her store is Wichita’s only full-service independent natural foods market left in the area.

She says big-box competitors are an issue. The Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage chain opened in 2011.

“We kind of started seeing our numbers slip then,” Foley says. “And Bread and Circus is looming next year.”

That’s the Whole Foods chain that’s opening at the Waterfront.

“We are in a location where not as many people are shopping in this area as used to be,” Foley says.

The store has been at 2929 E. Central for the last 20 of its 42 years in business.

“It’s time for us to go out gracefully.”

The store has started a liquidation sale. Foley expects to close within a month.

“There’s going to be some awesome people out there looking for employment,” she says.

Foley says she didn’t try to sell the store.

“We just felt like it was time to just let it go,” she says. “We have so enjoyed serving this community, and we have made so many friends with our customers. That’s going to be really sad to let go.”

 

 

Olio’s Market to open on the west side to sell olive oil and products that pair with it

WICHITA — A vacation to Branson was the start of an idea that’s now turning into a new business for Lisa and John Madden.

The couple – she’s a customer relations specialist with Bombardier, and he’s in the Navy – were at Branson Landing when they came across a store devoted to selling olive oil.

They’ve been to similar stores in Kansas City and St. Louis “just to get a vibe for how they operate,” Lisa Madden says.

They’re now opening their own store, Olio’s Market, at 10051 W. 21st St., next to LaMar’s Donuts.

Olio is the Italian word for oil.

Olive oil is mainly what Olio’s will carry, but it also will have products that go well with oil, such as bread, pasta, and pizza crust. The store also will carry a line of salts, jam and pesto.

Lisa Madden says the oils Olio’s will carry will be about quality and variety.

“Most of the oils you buy in the supermarket don’t tell you when they were crushed or pressed … and they don’t tell you the nutritional value,” she says.

Hers will have that information, Madden says.

The store will have 10 kinds of oils that are pressed from different olives. Madden says they’ll be pressed and sold within a six-month window.

There will be another 10 kinds of flavored oils, such as blood orange and basil-infused oil, on a seasonal basis.

Customers will be able to sample the oils, which Madden says “is a really cool thing.”

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