Daily Archives: Oct. 29, 2013

You don’t say

“I’m going to stay unretired, I guess. I’m just going to be tired.”

Kay Hettenbach, who has not had any luck selling her Kay’s This N’ That store

Absolute Natural Stones starts landscaping design and installation division

WICHITA — Absolute Natural Stones owners Ammar and Nazir Jesri are adding yet another division to their company.

Last week, the two announced they would add a Taylor Rental franchise when they moved their business to expanded space at 12225 E. Kellogg next year.

In August, they started My RV Time Share.

Now, the Jesris are adding a landscaping design and installation division.

“We finally decided … it’s the right time,” Nazir Jesri says. “The opportunity’s here, so we said, OK, let’s do it.”

He says the company’s new 12,000-square-foot building is allowing for the division’s creation.

“We’re going to have some room to breathe,” Jesri says. “We’ve been thinking about (this) for several years.”

Part of the reason is the division complements what they’re already doing with stonework.

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Speedy Cash expands headquarters with 20,000-square-foot building

WICHITA — About this time last year, Speedy Cash moved its call center from its corporate headquarters on North Ridge Road to the former KGB call center at 8400 E. 32nd St. North, which is along K-96 just east of Rock Road.

Now, the company is adding to its corporate campus with a new 20,000-square-foot building at 3615 N. Ridge Road.

“The company’s continued to grow both domestically and internationally,” says Bill Baker, Speedy Cash’s chief marketing officer. “We quite frankly just ran out of space from a corporate-support standpoint.”

Speedy Cash is owned by three Wichitans and a private equity firm and provides a variety of financial services, such as installment loans, check cashing and wire transfers.

The company has about 250 people in its corporate offices and 3,500 total at 180 Speedy Cash and Rapid Cash sites nationally, 135 Cash Money sites in Canada and 23 Speedy Cash sites in the United Kingdom. It also has Internet sales. The Internet side of the business is almost 20 percent of the company’s overall business.

“It’s a growing percentage,” Baker says.

He says the international business is strong, too.

“The fact that we are a state-licensed lender is paying dividends for us,” Baker says. He says that “puts us in a good position for long-term, sustainable growth.”

“There’s been some scrutiny in the industry of people who choose not to be state licensed,” he says.

The company’s accounting, human resources, marketing and IT departments have grown with its stores. Currently, those functions are in four buildings on the North Ridge Road campus. The new space will be the company’s fifth corporate building.

“As we continue to expand, I think we also continue to create really quality … jobs,” Baker says.

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