Category Archives: Brittany Center

Entercom Radio to move to Ruffin Building

UPDATED — After two decades in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn, Entercom Radio is moving its Wichita office.

By early 2015, Entercom will be in the Ruffin Building at 9111 E. Douglas. That’s the building that’s perhaps better known as the former Pizza Hut headquarters.

Entercom is taking 12,000 square feet there.

“The Ruffin Building better suits our needs,” says vice president and general manager Jackie Wise.

Entercom stations include KNSS, 1330-AM, KEYN, 103.7-FM, KDGS, 93.9-FM, KFBZ, 105.3-FM, and KFH Sports, which is on 98.7-FM and 1240-AM. All of them are moving to the Ruffin Building.

“We are very excited about moving over there,” Wise says. “We think it’s a great facility that’s well maintained, and it’s a wonderful location.”

Chris Ruffin and Jon Cyphert of Ruffin Properties and Craig Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

“We’re so glad to have them,” Ruffin says of Entercom.

The move likely will happen in February or March.

Coleman Co. has sale at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Coleman Co. is temporarily locating at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn for pre-Thanksgiving shopping, and there’s a chance that could extend into December.

The company is having a surplus inventory sale in the 55,000-square-foot former Hobby Lobby space.

“It’s pretty much every category that Coleman covers,” spokesman Alex Stern says of what’s on sale.

That includes coolers, grills, furniture, recreation equipment and cots.

“Pretty much the sky’s the limit on that front,” Stern says.

“It’s a win-win situation because it allows Brittany Center to still have a large anchor through the … holiday season,” says Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the deal.

Though the lease is only temporary, Harper says it’s still good to have now that Hobby Lobby has moved to the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich.

The sale isn’t scheduled to last past Nov. 27, but Stern says the lease actually goes into December.

“There’s always the possibility we might extend the event.”

Lobby space available at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Now that Hobby Lobby has moved into its new space at the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich, there’s a renewed push to find a tenant to take its former space.

Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate has taken over trying to lease the 55,000-square-foot space that Hobby Lobby occupied at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

“The ownership seems to be pretty open-minded to different scenarios there,” Harper says.

There’s some extra space adjacent to the building, which means the center could accommodate a tenant needing up to 75,000 square feet.

“The good news is there’s not really too many of those spaces left any longer,” Harper says of Wichita in general.

That compares to a few years ago when “there was quite a bit of availability in that size range.”

Harper says the owners are willing to divide the space as well. That includes making the north end of the building, which currently is all brick, into a storefront that faces 21st Street. He says there’s room for several smaller shops there.

“That’s even something they’re open to.”

Hobby Lobby to open in Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich

WICHITA — Another major building is under construction at Regency Lakes next to where Cabela’s opened last year.

According to documents filed with the city, Hobby Lobby is building a new 55,000-square-foot store.

Regency Lakes, a Laham Development property at the northwest corner of 21st and Greenwich, is home to SuperTarget, World Market and Hampton Inn & Suites among other things.

Hobby Lobby will go between World Market and Cabela’s, which opened in an 80,000-square-foot space in March 2012.

It looks like the Hobby Lobby currently on the east side at 21st and Woodlawn in Brittany Center will be closing when the new one opens.

There’s also one on the west side in the center at the southwest corner of Central and Ridge.

Building plans for the Regency Lakes Hobby Lobby indicate the store will be based on a new prototype for the craft chain.

Brad Saville with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

There are still a few pad sites left at the 60-acre development. That includes one on the corner, one between Subway and Chili’s and one north of Chili’s.

No one involved is talking just yet, but Hobby Lobby is slated to open yet this year, so look for more details soon.

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill to open in former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill

WICHITA — Larry Harmon now confirms what Have You Heard? first reported last week.

He’s opening his second Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill in the former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space at 8406 W. Central across from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

“There’s a lot of good bars in town,” Harmon says. When he opens, though, Harmon says, “You’re going to know that that’s the place to watch some sports.”

He’s finalizing the contract for the 6,600-square-foot space. Following that and extensive renovation, he’ll open. It’s not clear when that will be.

Harmon says he’s gutting the space to create what he calls a stadium area similar to his original Larry Bud’s in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

Like that Larry Bud’s, the new one also will offer bus rides to Shocker games.

“It’s going to be a fun place to go,” Harmon says. “Our grand opening will be a killer.”

He’s not stopping there. Harmon plans additional locations as well.

“We’re going to continue from there and continue to grow.”


Second Odd Balls Yarn Shop to open at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center and Outlet Mall; more to come

WICHITA — A year after opening her first store, Tracie Anderson is taking the next step in her plan to grow her Odd Balls Yarn Shop by opening a second store at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center and Outlet Mall in Newton.

Anderson opened her first Odd Balls in March in 4,000 square feet at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn to sell high-end knitting and crochet supplies, luxury fibers, weaving looms, spinning wheels and needlepoint supplies, among other things. She also offers about 80 related classes at any given time.

This March, Anderson is opening in 3,000 square feet at Chisholm Trail next to Charlotte’s Bargain Fabric & Stitchery.

She says she did market research first.

“The traffic out there’s phenomenal.”

Anderson already is thinking of a third Wichita-area Odd Balls for next March.

“That’s pretty aggressive, but that’s our goal.”

Her bigger goal is to franchise her business and help others with their dreams of having similar shops.

She’s working with the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Wichita State University.

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Fashion Bar boutique to open at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Dana Miller is opening a bar in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn, but it won’t serve drinks.

“It’s going to be a buy-sell-trade boutique,” Miller says of her new Fashion Bar. “I’m going to pay cash on the spot.”

Unlike what she calls more mature consignment shops, Miller hopes to appeal to a younger crowd with clothing, accessories and handbags.

“My primary market is women 21 to 45,” she says.

The store will “have some weekend clothes and casual clothes, but my focus is really going to be on young professionals.”

Her slogan is “fashion recycled.” Miller says her goal is “keeping extra clothes out of the landfills.”

Miller says she’ll pay up to 40 percent of her selling price to customers who bring in merchandise. Or they can earn more in trade.

She’ll pay more for handbags, too, which will be something of a specialty in the shop.

Miller plans a Sept. 30 drawing for a $300 Coach bag.

Instead of liquor bottles and wine glasses on the store’s built-in bar, Miller plans to feature handbags along with jewelry.

The store opens Sept. 10.

Foster Design to move to the Garvey Center

WICHITA — When Gene Foster of Foster Design learned he was losing his space at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn because of InfoSync Service’s upcoming expansion, his first thought was that he would move farther east.

But he didn’t like the prices.

“We couldn’t really justify building a Taj Mahal for our corporate headquarters when we could have just as nice (of a) facility downtown,” Foster says.

So now he’s moving his contract engineering firm to the Garvey Center.

“They made us the best proposal.”

And he likes that he’s going to be part of downtown’s revitalization.

“Downtown has some . . . potential,” Foster says. “If it’s handled right by our city . . . fathers, the movers and shakers, I think it could be vibrant down here again.”

He’s moving into close to 3,000 square feet by the end of the year.

Adam Clements of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

Foster says he thinks he’ll be part of a trend.

“We’ll see more people moving back downtown.”

Zaytun opens at Brittany Center

WICHITA — After a brief hiatus out of the restaurant business, Syed Abbas is back.

This week, he opened Zaytun, which means olive, in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

“I have brought a combination . . . of four different cultures,” Abbas says of his restaurant.

He says he has Persian, Turkish, Lebanese and “indo-pak” (Indian and Pakistani) food.

Abbas started his career a quarter century ago with the late Antoine Toubia of Latour.

His most recent industry job was as food and beverage director for the Hilton Wichita Airport.

Abbas has been with a friend’s computer company for the last year.

He now wants to offer the city the kind of food diners don’t typically have here every day.

“To me, there is no food better than Persian food. It is very simple food. Lots of kabobs.”

Abbas is a Pakistan native, but he says, “I’m more Wichitan than anything else.”