Daily Archives: Feb. 25, 2014

Boost Mobile and Big E’s Vapor Shop to open in center on South Seneca

WICHITA — The building that Aisak Corp. recently purchased at 3122 S. Seneca has a couple of new tenants that will be opening in the next week or two.

Boost Mobile is taking about 1,200 square feet for its fifth Wichita store.

“We don’t have anything in the South Seneca area,” co-owner Shumair Tanjwani says.

In addition to a lot of traffic in the area, Tanjwani says a lot of other mobile phone dealers are nearby.

“That’s why I decided to go there,” he says. “We kind of work off each other. It’s kind of like a mall. People go to one stop to shop for certain things.”

Traffic count also is what’s driving the owners of Big E’s Vapor Shop to open in about 1,700 square feet at the center.

“The traffic count is crazy high in that area,” says Sherri Hischke, who owns the business with Eldon Simmons and Dixie Zellner.

They also have stores near Lincoln and Rock Road and 21st and Tyler.

The stores sell vapor equipment, juice and cigarettes.

All Family Insurance is the only tenant currently in the South Seneca building. There’s still space left to lease there.

Lubbers East in Andover has closed

WICHITA — After about a dozen years in business, Lubbers East in Andover has closed.

“We moved out there in 2002, and we had some pretty good years,” says Denny Lubbers.

He and his brothers own Lubbers Ford and Lubbers Chevrolet in Cheney and Lubbers Hutchinson.

The Andover dealership opened in leased space at the northwest corner of Kellogg and Andover Road and then moved just west of that site a couple of years later when Kwik Shop wanted the space.

“It was still fine,” Lubbers says of business.

“In the last few years … it’s gone downhill for whatever reason,” he says. “I don’t think we’ve lost our passion or desire to do business over there, but it started to become a drain on our profitability.”

Lubbers says he thinks bigger dealerships in the area hurt his business because car shoppers would rather go somewhere with larger selections.

“We tried some different things,” he says of trying to increase business.

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Ambassador Hotel closer to possible Autograph Collection by Marriott deal

WICHITA — Last fall, Have You Heard? reported that the Ambassador Hotel may become part of the growing Autograph Collection by Marriott.

At the time, Paul Coury, chairman of Tulsa-based Coury Group, said that he was looking into a soft brand concept.

He didn’t confirm that the Autograph Collection by Marriott was one of them. Nor is he confirming anything now.

However, it looks like the deal may be getting closer. There are still a few hurdles to go, though.

The soft brand trend allows boutique hotels to retain their independence but align themselves with the power of a large chain.

“We’re not where we originally hoped to be by now,” Coury said in September.

“I don’t think we did as good of a job as we needed to to get the major demand generators exposed to our product.”

He was referring to groups and businesses that can commit to annual contracts with hotels, often at the start of each new year.

“It’ll be fine,” Coury said. “It’s going to be a great property for us, and it fits well into the market we’re trying to develop.”

Look for more news soon.