Daily Archives: Feb. 18, 2014

You don’t say

“I notice Jeff Turner has a suntan.”

Spirit AeroSystems CEO Larry Lawson, speaking at the Wichita Aero Club where his predecessor was in the audience, on how he’s gained 10 pounds and lost his tan since joining the company 10 months ago

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services signs new downtown lease

WICHITA — Another state agency has signed a lease at 266 N. Main St., which is known as the former Ryan International Airlines building, and this will be the final one because the building is now full.

“The building represented the chance to put some agencies together under one roof,” says Mark McGivern, director of the Office of Facilities and Procurement Management within the state Department of Administration.

“It made sense from our end.”

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will join the Kansas Corporation Commission, the Kansas Department of Labor and the state Board of Indigents’ Defense Services.

The Department on Aging has a 10-year lease for 5,666 square feet on the second floor. It’s slated to move in the first of September.

Currently, the department is in the Finney State Office Building at 230 E. William.

In June, Have You Heard? reported that nine state agencies, including more than 700 employees, will leave the city-owned building when the state’s lease expires on Sept. 30.

“The Wichita office market was quite attractive,” McGivern says.

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Cheesecake Factory likely not opening here, despite what employee says

WICHITA — Before you read any further, a warning: Do not get too excited.

That said, a Wichitan visited the Cheesecake Factory in Kansas City the other day and was told by an employee that one would be coming here in 2015.

The employee didn’t know a specific site – only possibilities.

It sounds like that most likely is not correct, though.

“The Restaurant Development team is always on the look-out for A-1 sites to further grow our Cheesecake Factory brand presence, and all sites that fit our criteria for success will be seriously considered,” Cheesecake Factory spokeswoman Alethea Rowe said in an e-mail statement, which is a standard statement the company makes.

The California-based restaurant chain has 169 restaurants, according to its website, and has about a dozen more planned this year.

The chain lets brokers know it needs to have a population of 250,000 within five miles of its restaurants, and household incomes need to be $70,000 or higher.

Wichita is close on the incomes at 21st and North Rock Road, but the population is about 150,000 people short.

In other words, don’t get your hopes up.