Category Archives: Cherry Creek

Pho MC to open at Cherry Creek

WICHITA — A new Vietnamese restaurant is opening in Cherry Creek at Harry and Rock Road.

Minh Tran and his wife, Kim Chi, are opening Pho MC in 3,200 square feet at the center. They plan to serve pho, which is Vietnamese soup, and other dishes from Vietnam.

The restaurant, which won’t serve alcohol, will seat more than 100 people.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Tran has worked at Saigon in the past along with restaurants in other states.

“I’ve worked in a lot of restaurants before.”

He says Pho MC will open in a couple of months.

Cherry Creek will be home to a new Cricket store

WICHITA — There’s a new Cricket store going in the Cherry Creek shopping center at Harry and Rock.

Ikoma George, whose company name is Unlimited Wireless, is a Cricket dealer who will sell cell phones and accessories.

He plans to open in 1,400 square feet around April 1.

Lewis Kelley of Landmark Commercial Real Estate represented George. Landmark’s Don Piros represented Cherry Creek.

George says he would like to open more Cricket stores after this.

“I hope so,” he says. “It depends on how this goes.”

Alterations by Sarah and Millers Dry Cleaners expand their retail partnership

WICHITA — Some small businesses struggle to compete against big chains, but Alterations by Sarah and Millers Dry Cleaners have found a way around that.

“This is kind of a neat little concept how mom and pops have banded together,” says Alterations co-owner Abdul Arif.

The companies share space near 21st and Maize and Kellogg and Greenwich and are preparing to merge their third and fourth sites.

It’s what Arif calls a strategic partnership to reduce overhead, improve customer service and co-brand to increase their market presence.

“You know, it’s worked out really good,” says Craig Miller, who owns Millers with his parents, Betty and Danny.

“We think it’s a neat little . . . business model,” he says.

The Millers’ first venture with Arif was in 2001 near 21st and Maize.

Arif was looking for west-side space, and he couldn’t find anything less than about $30 a square foot, which he says was too high for him.

The Millers were looking for a new store then, too, and Arif suggested sharing retail space.

Then, in 2008, they moved together near Kellogg and Greenwich.

Now, the Millers at the Cherry Creek shopping center at Harry and Rock is moving across across the street to the Alterations space at 1210 S. Rock Road. Millers will open there March 1.

Next week, Millers will open at the Alterations space at McConnell Air Force Base.

“Anyone that has to . . . open a retail (store) knows the expenses involved with doing that,” Craig Miller says. “Just the sheer square footage cost of rental and utilities.

“We’re able to cut that in half.”

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