Daily Archives: Feb. 11, 2014

Wink Hartman Sr. and Hartmoor Investments sue Casey Bachrodt over Gardner land

WICHITA — Wink Hartman Sr. and his Hartmoor Investments have sued Casey Bachrodt over land they purchased together in a retail area in front of the Walmart in Gardner.

According to the suit, which was filed in Sedgwick County District Court, the two formed BRIC Gardner in 2008. The entity borrowed $1.95 million from Security Savings Bank, which the suit says Hartman and Bachrodt personally guaranteed.

The suit says that “BRIC Gardner was not an income producing enterprise,” so Hartman, through Hartmoor Investments, and Bachrodt made capital contributions to BRIC to pay the loan.

The suit says that beginning in August of 2010, Bachrodt started failing to make necessary capital contributions and Hartmoor Investments made up the difference, which was almost $360,000.

With interest, Hartman and Hartmoor are now seeking more than $410,000 under the operating agreement.

Hartman’s attorney declined comment on the case. Bachrodt didn’t return calls to comment.

You don’t say

“… at first I wanted to go tour it, but now I kinda just want to go live there.”

– A Facebook post from Delano Neighborhood Association president Karen Cravens, who was researching urban grocery co-ops and discovered Old North St. Louis, which she says is more than a decade ahead of Delano on revitalization

Get A Move On to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy; owner to form new franchise company

UPDATED — Get A Move On owner Paul Wells filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for his business about a week ago, but a lot has changed since then.

Wells now plans to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy personally, because he guaranteed the loan on his office, and start a new company to franchise the business. Current employee Eric Kimler is the first franchisee.

Wells says a lot happened to lead him to this decision.

“There’s a long story behind that.”

Wells says issues started at his almost 20-year-old company in 2003 when he settled a trademark infringement lawsuit over the name of his moving company, Two Guys and A Truck, with the national company Two Men & A Truck. He changed his company’s name to Get A Move On.

“To this date we still get phone calls,” Wells says of people looking for Two Guys and A Truck.

Then, Two Men & A Truck entered the Wichita market.

“They really capitalized on our past name when they came here,” Wells says.

Another new competitor opened as well.

Wells says with new competitors, “somebody’s going to lose.”

Then the recession and housing market crash hit. Wells says sales went down about 40 percent.

“We weren’t doing so hot financially.”

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Pirate Pete’s to reopen following retooling

WICHITA — Pirate Pete’s hasn’t walked the plank, but it’s not open right now, either.

“We decided, OK, it’s time for a change,” says Peter Miller, a partner in the business.

The restaurant at 1648 S. Rock Road, which is near Harry and Rock, has been through various owners, managers and incarnations through the years. Miller and partner Ken Gorges never intended to be restaurateurs.

“We’ve been the accountants … for 10 years almost,” Miller says. Their accounting office is across the street from the restaurant.

Various issues with the business led them to close it temporarily to remodel the building and retool the menu. They’ve also found some new managers and partners.

“I’m running a little ragged,” Miller says of running between the businesses. He expects Pete’s to reopen next week. He’s shooting for Feb. 18.

Miller says there will be new floors, new walls and a simplified menu.

“And once all that gets done, I’m just back to doing the books.”