Daily Archives: Nov. 19, 2013

Verizon Wireless to expand at NewMarket Square and Tallgrass Centre

WICHITA — Verizon Wireless is expanding two of its Wichita stores, which both happen to be at Slawson Cos. properties.

The chain has a new store under construction at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road, where there has been an expansion boom of late.

“We’ve had a lot of stores over the last couple of years that have expanded,” says April Reed, who handled the Verizon deals.

That includes expansions by Maurices, Personally Yours, Hallmark and Starbucks.

“We’ve been on a roll in terms of tenants expanding,” Reed says.

Verizon currently has 2,500 square feet in the same building as Bella Luna Cafe. In the first quarter of 2014, it will be moving to 5,200 square feet and taking most of the University of Phoenix’s former space. That’s in the same building as Kay Jewelers and Scottrade.

“It’ll be an updated space,” Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Hill says of the store.

Reed says there are 1,400 square feet of the former university space left to lease.

At Slawson’s Tallgrass Centre development on the southwest corner of 21st and North Rock Road, Verizon is expanding as well.

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You don’t say

“We are moving on.”

Jo Zakas on how the French family with the cross-country saga won’t be opening a restaurant at Clifton Square after all, so she’s looking for a new restaurant or retail business for the space

OT Media to move to part of Artist Central’s former gallery space

UPDATED — The 2-year-old Artist Central at 5014 E. Central is going to reduce in size to make way for a new business.

OT Media is a portrait photography and videography business that Nick Thomas has been running from his home.

“This will be our first …office,” he says. “Our team’s gotten bigger, and so we need a space.”

He now has three employees. Thomas says he offers portraits and “kind of like lifetime event videography,” such as weddings and graduations.

The OT in OT Media stands for Thomas’ middle name, Owen, and his last name.

The space his business will be in used to be Artist Central’s gallery space.

“We’re basically splitting Artist Central,” Thomas says. “So they’re going to have half the area now.”

Jo Zakas, the Clifton Square owner who started Artist Central, says Artist Central still will have 2,500 square feet.

“We felt that this was such a great addition to Artist Central,” she says of OT Media. “They’re artists. … They’re young, and they’re enthusiastic, so we think they’re just going to add a really bright spot to us.”

Zakas has news coming soon about artists’ residences at Artist Central.

“We really want to make Central Canyon Road,” she says, referring to the famed gallery row in Santa Fe, N.M.

Thomas will debut his new space at next week’s Final Friday.

A Clear Direction moves to more central site

WICHITA — A Clear Direction has moved in a new direction.

Mario Williams says he moved the drug and alcohol treatment center to First and Hillside from its previous site on East Central because “nobody is scared to come here.”

Williams says his former space “just had a lot of issues,” with safety being one of them.

The new space is 2,700 square feet, which is about 1,000 square feet smaller than the last one.

A Clear Direction also offers counseling related to domestic violence and anger management. It’s going into its 10th year.

Williams says in addition to being a nicer location, the Hillside address is centrally located.

“Everybody can find it.”

Austin Kinzle of the Healthcare Real Estate Group handled the deal.