Category Archives: Andover

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“It’s kind of like a Band-Aid. I just want to rip it off and not let it drag on a long time.”

Bonnie Hull, who says she’s “loved, loved, loved” her Pink Boa at Bon Bon’s in Andover but is closing it in a couple of months because “it’s just time to play”

Payday Motors to open in the former Lubbers East space in Andover

WICHITA — Payday Motors is going to be opening in the former Lubbers East space in Andover.

“This is our 25th year of business,” says owner Nelson Tucker.

Tucker has a Payday Motors at 4611 S. Broadway, and he used to have one near Kellogg and Greenwich before the city purchased his property in 2011 for the expansion of Kellogg.

“We’ve been looking for an east-side location since then,” Tucker says.

The Lubbers family closed its Andover store in February after a dozen years in business. A family member said there had been declining sales in recent years.

Tucker says the property, which is near Kellogg and Andover Road, is sizable.

“It’s pretty large,” he says. “It’ll hold 80-plus vehicles.”

The new dealership, which should open by early next week, will employ 12 people.

Tucker says he’s basically a subprime lender who finances 95 percent of what he sells to help people who can’t get financing another way.

After he gets the new dealership “kind of stablilized,” Tucker says he’ll likely look for west-side space.

“We’ll probably look there at some point,” he says.

For now, Tucker says he happy to simply be in business.

“Twenty five years is a long time,” he says. “We’re glad to still be there.”

Dave Dunn to open Billy Sims Barbecue

WICHITA — Dave Dunn, who used to own Emerson Biggin’s, is bringing a new restaurant concept to Wichita.

Dunn already owns a Billy Sims Barbecue in Oklahoma City, and in September he’s opening one at the southwest corner of Kellogg and Andover.

Sims was a Heisman winner at the University of Oklahoma who went on to play for the Detroit Lions. Dunn says he’s one of his heroes.

“Just remember watching him,” Dunn says. “Would never dream I would be in business with him. We see him a lot, really. He’s very hands-on with franchisees.”

Dunn’s Oklahoma City restaurant was the 18th for the Tulsa-based chain, which now has more than 40 restaurants.

“They’re growing fast,” he says.

Dunn says there aren’t enough rooftops near his Oklahoma City restaurant.

“I do think Wichita will be better.”

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“It’s not surprising.”

– Andover Mayor Ben Lawrence on NerdWallet naming the city, which he says has “a lot of touchy feel-good stuff going on,” the best place for home ownership in Kansas

Red Door Three opens as Nimlok dealer

WICHITA — Stacy Edmundson is back to selling Nimlok products for trade show exhibits, this time with her own new company, Red Door Three.

Edmundson used to be with another company selling Nimlok products before venturing into an unrelated business.

“I went a different direction and truly missed the industry,” she says. “It’s just very creative.”

She’s now an authorized Nimlok dealer. Nimlok is a global company that makes a variety of display products.

“Everything is pretty much a one-of-a-kind,” Edmundson says.

The bulk of her work will be with trade shows, she says, but she’ll also do some interior design. That could be such things as custom cabinets to show products in retail outlets.

“So many people know the Nimlok brand because I’ve already sold it,” Edmundson says. “It’s not just like a cookie-cutter kind of company.”

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Supplement World to open on west side

WICHITA — Dustin West and Jeff McAnarney are ready to open their second Supplement World.

It’s “time for expansion and growth,” McAnarney says.

Their first store opened at 321 S. Andover Road in Andover in May.

The new 1,600-square-foot store will open near Cenral and Ridge in front of Gordmans on Friday.

“I’m a west-sider,” McAnarney says.

While the new store will be more convenient for him, he says, it also will be more handy for a lot of Supplement World’s customers.

The store, which is an independent one and not a franchise, sells a variety of supplements for such things as sports nutrition and weight loss.

McAnarney says he and West probably won’t do other stores in Wichita, but he says, “I think that we’re looking at other markets possibly down the road.”

He adds, “Basically, we just want to thank Andover and Wichita for the great support.”

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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Supplement World to open in Andover

WICHITA — A supplement store is opening in Andover next month because Dustin West says he saw a need in the area.

His Supplement World will be an independent store, not a franchise.

“I’ve been in the fitness industry,” West says of working at gyms.

He’s also helped clients with fitness and diet plans and believes in the supplements he’ll be selling.

“I have a passion for the industry and the products.”

That includes various general health, fitness and vitamin supplements.

The store will be in 1,000 square feet at 321 S. Andover Road.

Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled the deal.

There’s no firm opening date yet, but it’ll be sometime in the middle of May.

“I’m excited to help the area out and get everybody in shape,” West says of his store.

“This is hopefully the first of many.”

Rogue Personal Training to move to Central and Andover and almost double its space

WICHITA — Landon Branine’s vision is to one day own a building to house his Rogue Personal Training. For now, though, he’s settling for expanding to the former Pure-Formance Sports & Fitness Training Center space at Central and Andover Road.

“It’s basically double … the floor space that we have now,” Branine says of the almost 5,000 square feet.

The business, which opened in January 2012, currently is at 1641 N. Andover Road.

Branine has six trainers on staff in addition to himself. He says he’s added two more recently “because they know that we’re going to have the space to do more in the future.”

The additional space will mean additions to what the business can offer, Branine says.

“We do a lot of group training, so it will allow us to have larger groups.”

He’ll add cardio kickboxing and a few other cardio classes so he can “just continue to diversify and find new ways for people to get in their cardio.”

He says with the trainers and their different skill sets, he can offer the fitness and rehabilitation help that clients are seeking.

“We pretty much cover all the bases.”

Branine is renovating the Central-and-Andover space, which he says will be ready in early June.

Though the new space is designed to help the business grow, Branine says he hopes to do it by going slowly and “playing it smart.”

Construction to begin at Cornerstone Office Park with medical office to be built first

WICHITA — Construction is set to begin shortly at the new Cornerstone Office Park at the 520-acre Cornerstone development in Andover.

There will be room for 150,000 square feet of office space at nine buildings, the first of which will be a new medical building.

“With the success of the hospital, it’s just a natural fit to have medical practices wanting to locate at Cornerstone,” says developer George Laham. “Obviously, we have a lot of interest right now from … medical groups that want to be located in the area.”

Laham Development and Ritchie Development are the developers of Cornerstone, which is north of 21st Street between 159th Street East and Andover Road.

The 18,000-square-foot medical building will be adjacent to the Kansas Medical Center. KMC CEO Badr Idbeis will be one of the physicians to use the new space.

The two-level building will have the same architectural design as the hospital.

There will be a reception area, exam rooms and offices for physicians. One feature of the building is a clerestory that will allow natural light inside.

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