Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy T-day

Hey, everyone, I’m out until Dec. 2. Happy Thanksgiving.


Anderson Financial Services to open

WICHITA — Georgia-based Anderson Financial Services is going to be opening an east-side office in Wichita.

The company is taking about 4,500 square feet where a rug store used to be at 360 N. Rock Road. A restaurant was going to be open there instead, but the deal fell through.

Anderson is renovating the space and will move in early in 2014. A spokeswoman says it’s a busy time of year for the company and no one could comment on the opening.

Nancy Shih of Re/Max Realty Centre handled the deal.

Coleman Co. has sale at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Coleman Co. is temporarily locating at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn for pre-Thanksgiving shopping, and there’s a chance that could extend into December.

The company is having a surplus inventory sale in the 55,000-square-foot former Hobby Lobby space.

“It’s pretty much every category that Coleman covers,” spokesman Alex Stern says of what’s on sale.

That includes coolers, grills, furniture, recreation equipment and cots.

“Pretty much the sky’s the limit on that front,” Stern says.

“It’s a win-win situation because it allows Brittany Center to still have a large anchor through the … holiday season,” says Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the deal.

Though the lease is only temporary, Harper says it’s still good to have now that Hobby Lobby has moved to the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich.

The sale isn’t scheduled to last past Nov. 27, but Stern says the lease actually goes into December.

“There’s always the possibility we might extend the event.”

Taqueria El Paisa is for sale

WICHITA — One of Wichita’s best-known Mexican restaurants is for sale.

Concepcion Acosta hopes to find a buyer for her 16-year-old Taqueria El Paisa at 2227 N. Arkansas.

The half million dollars she’s asking includes an approximately 10,000-square-foot building, parking, recipes and the 169-seat business and its equipment. There’s also a bar within the business.

“I’m tired,” Acosta says. “I’m very tired.”

She says she wants to spend more time with her three children.

“I work seven days a week,” Acosta says.

This isn’t to say the business wouldn’t be attractive for a buyer, she says.

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New Wimpys Burgers won’t accept your payment Tuesday for a hamburger today

WICHITA — A childhood cartoon is the creative idea behind a new restaurant opening in Delano.

“I used to watch ‘Popeye’ when I was a kid,” says Bridgette Carr.

She was a particular fan of Popeye’s straight man, J. Wellington Wimpy, who was known for his love of hamburgers – and his inability to immediately pay for them.

Wimpys Burgers will have a soft opening at 1713 W. Douglas on Saturday and have a grand opening after Thanksgiving. There will be seating for about 15 inside and more outside in warmer weather.

“All the hamburgers are going to be like the small White Castle-style hamburgers,” Carr says.

She’ll sell them individually, in meal deals and in sacks of 10 or 20 mini burgers.

But will she allow customers to gladly pay her Tuesday for a hamburger today as Wimpy usually tried to do?

“Yeah,” Carr says, laughing.



Wichita Urology Group to open Advanced Cancer Therapies at Wilson Estates

urology2WICHITA — The nine physicians at Wichita Urology Group are following a national trend and opening a new cancer center to provide a comfortable, easy-access place for patients to receive complete care.

“We’re trying to develop a radiation center that’s easy for patients to get in and out, that’s friendly to patients,” says group president A.J. Farha.

Advanced Cancer Therapies will open next spring in 10,000 square feet at Wilson Estates just south of 21st and Webb Road. This will be in addition to the group’s east and west-side clinics and the approximately 10 offices it has around the state.

Farha says part of the idea is to give patients an alternative to hospitals.

“This would be community based,” Farha says. “Plus, we’re bringing new technology … for treating cancer patients.”

He says the group is deciding between two of the most up-to-date radiation treatment machines.

“It would be improving on technology that’s available,” Farha says. “That’s another attraction.”

The more than half-century old Urology Group, which has nine of the dozen urologists in Wichita, treats a lot of prostate cancer. Advanced Cancer Therapies will be equipped to treat all kinds of cancer, though, including breast, brain and lung cancer among other types.

Some patients need as many as 30 or 40 radiation treatments, Farha says, and the idea is to create as convenient and comfortable of a treatment center as possible. He says patients currently go to places such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City seeking that kind of atmosphere.

“We’re losing a lot of patients” to those markets, Farha says.

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You don’t say

“Women pilots don’t land at the wrong airport. We ask for directions!”

– A tweet from Seattle-based pilot Karlene Petitt (‏@KarlenePetitt) about the Dreamlifter incident at Colonel James Jabara Airport

You don’t say

“Be aware, Boeing, ‘this route has tolls.’ Bring some change.”

– An NPR story that acknowledged a stranded Dreamlifter likely couldn’t be towed from Colonel James Jabara Airport to McConnell Air Force Base but offered a Google map and driving directions anyway

Immediate Medical Care to open new clinic

UPDATED — It was almost five years ago that Grover Hershberger opened his first immediate care clinic in the former Souper Salad space at 4722 W. Kellogg.

Now, he’s preparing to open an east-side Immediate Medical Care clinic at 5838 E. Central. That’s the 6,728-square-foot former Blockbuster space in Carriage Parkway.

“The new location has plenty of traffic and provides great visibility,” Hershberger said in a statement. “Also, it is easily accessible to the large surrounding population.”

The clinic can see patients quickly for injury, illness, physicals, X-rays and lab work, among other things.

Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens represented Hershberger in the deal, and his colleagues Nathan Farha and Troy Farha represented the landlord.

Look for Immediate Medical Care to open in March.

Cycle Gear to open in Wichita

UPDATED — Cycle Gear, which bills itself as the country’s leading retailer for motorcycle accessories and apparel, is coming to Wichita.

The chain is taking 3,100 square feet at 3236 N. Rock Road, which is in the same center as Buffalo Wild Wings.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Cycle Gear, which is employee-owned, has 105 stores in 33 states. It has another Kansas store in Lenexa. According to the store’s website, Cycle Gear tries to be involved with riding in the communities where it has stores, such as sponsoring events.

The almost 40-year-old company also likes to be known for 30-day best-price guarantees and hassle-free helmet exchanges.

Via e-mail, company spokesman Johnny Lin says the company is “very excited” about a Wichita store. Lin says it’s “a very vibrant motorcycle market” with more than 20,000 riders.

Look for the store to open in March.