Daily Archives: Nov. 13, 2013

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“If you weren’t the Republican Party, you wouldn’t be here tonight.”

– Senior pastor Bo Graves of the First Baptist Church Haysville, who describes his congregation as about 95 percent conservative and allowed Republicans to use a room Tuesday where Steve Anthimides was selected to replace Phil Hermanson in the Kansas House of Representatives

Vanderbilts to relocate to Cherry Creek Shopping Center at Harry and Rock Road

WICHITA — Vanderbilts, the western and work wear store, is moving its east-side store to make way for the expansion of Kellogg.

The store has been near the southwest corner of Kellogg and Webb Road for 11 years.

In late January, Vanderbilts will move to the former Hollywood Video space in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at Harry and Rock Road.

Store manager Debi Adelhardt says Vanderbilts currently is in an approximately 7,000-square-foot building but uses only 5,000 square feet of it. The new store will be in 5,000 square feet as well.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Wamego resident Dave Vanderbilt opened his first Vanderbilts in 1973 and expanded to Wichita with a store in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in 1985.

Company comptroller Mike Grothe now owns the Wichita stores, which includes one on the southwest corner of Kellogg and Tyler. There are eight Vanderbilts stores in Kansas and one in Missouri.

Adelhardt says Cherry Creek was attractive in part because of its size, the store’s location in front of the center and the amount of traffic that goes past it.

“It just seemed like a good fit.”

Donut Time Daylight Donuts to open near southwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Park City Daylight Donut franchisees Crystal and Tony Koehn are preparing to open their second location, this time in Wichita.

The Koehns will open Donut Time Daylight Donuts by late next week near the southwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn in the same strip center where Da’ Cajun Shak is.

“Doughnut shops seem to do very well in that type of environment,” Crystal Koehn says of strip centers.

She says she thinks morning traffic will be especially good in that area.

The business will be in almost 1,500 square feet and have seating for 15. It will offer doughnuts, biscuits and gravy, sausage rolls and sweet rolls seven days a week.

Initially, everything will be cooked at the Koehns’ Park City business, Pastry Place, and transported to Donut Time. Eventually, it will have a kitchen as well.

Pastry Place opened 18 months ago.

Whether the Koehns open any more of the franchises after this one is open for debate.

“Ohhh, maybe,” Crystal Koehn says. “My husband has a bigger vision than I do.”

East-side Applebee’s to move to Plazzio

WICHITA — Applebee’s franchisee Jim Stevens soon will offer diners a chance to eat good in a new neighborhood, to borrow from the chain’s slogan.

He’s moving his Rock Road Applebee’s to the Plazzio development at the southeast corner of 13th and Greenwich.

“It probably won’t be till March of next year,” Stevens says.

“I kind of hate to close,” he says of the Applebee’s near 21st and Rock Road. “It’s still one of my better stores.”

With new car dealerships on a couple of corners of 13th and Greenwich, and restaurants, the Warren Theatre and the Alley already at Plazzio, Stevens says it “just seemed like … the right place to go.”

“There’s just so much development taking place out there,” he says.

“The whole intersection is really, really developing quickly,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

She says that “13th and Greenwich is the next 21st and Rock Road of east Wichita.”

Stevens will build the new Applebee’s between Sumo and Jose Pepper’s, which is at the light at the main entrance to the development.

The new Applebee’s will have a patio, which is a first for Stevens.

He had considered another concept – which he’s still thinking about – for the Plazzio space initially. Stevens says corporate wanted him to build a new Applebee’s prototype, though.

“They have some different things they’ve done to the bar and the inside area.”

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