Category Archives: Closings

Sara Lee Bakery Outlet to move to Lexington Square

WICHITA — A new Sara Lee Bakery Outlet is opening on the west side, and the one at 2536 S. Southeast Dr. is closing.

“We’re basically moving that store over to the new site,” says retail sales manager Ray Christ.

The store will open in about a month at Mike Hampton’s Lexington Square at the southwest corner of Maple and Maize.

The outlet, which is owned by Mexico-based Bimbo Bakeries, sells baked goods such as bread and cakes. It carries a number of brands, such as Sara Lee, Rainbo and Oroweat.

“We’re naming it Sara Lee because that’s a recognized brand here in Wichita,” Christ says.

The company operates as Bimbo in Topeka, which is where the Wichita products are made.

Christ says if he says Bimbo here, Wichitans “look at you cross eyed. What’s Bimbo?”

“It hasn’t really spread down here to Wichita yet.”

Until about a year ago, Bimbo had a Rainbo Bakery next to the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet on Southeast Drive.

“We closed the bakery just because it was old, rundown and not worth investing the capital to put new equipment in there,” Christ says.

The company then put the property up for sale, and it sold more quickly than expected.

Christ says the Sara Lee on Southeast Drive has to close Sept. 22.

“We’re trying to keep everything progressing as rapidly as possible so there’s not any lost time, if any.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

There’s a second Sara Lee in the Indian Hills Shopping Center at 13th and Meridian.

Christ says an east-side outlet is possible in the future as well.

At Lexington Square, where Sara Lee will join Yoder Meats and Ultimate Avon Beauty Center, Hampton owns Rolling Hills Wine & Spirits.

He says he’s always joked about having beer, beef and beauty at the center.

“And now we’re going to be able to say bread,” Hampton says. “I thought it was kind of funny.”

You don’t say

“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”

Sake to open in former Taiwan Restaurant

WICHITA — The 2-year-old Taiwan Restaurant in the Sweetbriar shopping center at 21st and Amidon has closed, but the owner is opening a new restaurant in its place.

Lin Jason says he had a buffet at the restaurant but decided he has too much buffet competition.

Instead, he’s converting the restaurant from a Chinese buffet to a Japanese restaurant called Sake. There will be no buffet.

In addition to changing the concept, Jason says he’s painting and refreshing the space as well and should be ready to open it around November.

You don’t say

“I have separation anxiety.”

– Wichita resident Pat Hysko, who says she’s lost without being able to buy gifts at Barrier’s and then shop for wrapping at L.J. Pracht Co. after decades of shopping at the now-closed stores

L.J. Pracht Co. closing sale starts Sept. 2

WICHITA — Willi Richert, executor of Jim Pracht III’s estate, said in April that he’d let us know the fate of the late businessman’s L.J. Pracht Co.

“I did promise I’d let you know good or bad, and unfortunately it’s bad,” he says.

The business, a one-of-a-kind wrapping store that also sells jewelry making supplies at 1500 E. Douglas, is closed and isn’t reopening except for a going-out-of-business sale.

“We did try,” Richert says of selling it.

“We had a couple of people interested in it, but it just fell through,” he says. “I would have liked to have seen it continue.”

Pracht’s grandfather opened the store, one of Wichita’s oldest, on Main Street in 1923.

“It’s been an integral part of the city for a lot of years – almost 100 – and you hate to see a business like that close down,” Richert said in April. “It’s a unique store that reflects a different time, but it’s still a necessary product that they sell.”

Through the years, Richert said the store had a huge inventory and served a multitude of customers.

“You name it, if it was associated with the jewelry business,” he said this spring.

The store also used to carry clock parts.

“Amazingly, they served pretty much regionally.”

If sales were slow, Richert said Jim Pracht’s father, Louie, would go to the local aircraft manufacturers to sell his jewelry tools, since they were often the same tools the manufacturers needed.

“They were good people,” Richert previously said of the Prachts.

The store’s sale, which will include supplies and fixtures, starts Sept. 2 and ends Sept. 12.

“That’ll be the end of it,” Richert says.

Though he hoped the store would stay open, Richert says he wants to “thank Wichita for supporting this family for three generations.”

Hair & Shampoo Center to close

WICHITA — The more than 20-year-old Hair & Shampoo Center near the southeast corner of 21st and Maize is closing.

“It’s a shame,” says employee Lisa Moody. “We’re a big, busy shop, and we’ve got tons of clients.”

Moody says salon owner Randy King had a stroke earlier this year.

“We have been running the shop …in the meantime,” she says of herself and some other employees.

Moody says a few of those employees looked at buying the business and continuing it.

“It’s just not going to work out,” she says.

There are usually about a dozen stylists working in the shop, and there’s a separate area for children, which Moody says has helped make it a popular salon.

She says the last day of business is Aug. 13.

“It’s all coming to a close.”

Beauty First to consolidate Wichita stores

WICHITA — The east-side Beauty First near the southwest corner of 21st and Rock is going out of business.

“Basically, our business is stronger on the west side,” says Lee Rogers, vice president of operations. “We had an opportunity to consolidate both.”

The opportunity arose from the store’s landlord having new plans for the space.

Rogers says there’s “not much to it – just your traditional business consolidation.”

The chain’s west-side store is at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

“We’ve been in the community a very long time,” Rogers says. “We’re a much smaller company than we once were.”

He says the idea is to “save a few pennies and … recognize where we are in today’s world.”

Look for more information soon about a new development that will take Beauty First’s place.

Firefly Yoga Studio to go on the road; Satya Moon Yoga to open in its place

WICHITA — Firefly Yoga Studio owner Nickki Head is taking her business on the road.

“I have decided to sell the studio space to my lead instructor,” Head says of Katerina Gavin. “It’ll be a really smooth transition.”

Gavin is renaming the studio, which is in the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road, Satya Moon Yoga. That loosely translates to unchanging truth or absolute truth.

Head opened Firefly three and a half years ago and added a west-side studio in 2012. The west-side space, which is at at 2313 Zoo Park Blvd., is closing at the end of this month.

The east-side studio will close Aug. 31 and reopen as Satya Sept. 1.

Head then will move to Denver where she has family and, at least initially, do guest teaching at various yoga studios around the Midwest.

“Owning a studio kind of ties you down to one location,” Head says. “I really just want to keep traveling with it right now.”

Head says it’s been a fantastic run here.

“I’ll be sad to leave Wichita but definitely excited for the next chapter in my life.”

Wichita Guitar Works to close in June

WICHITA — Two years after opening, Wichita Guitar Works is closing.

“Unfortunately, it’s just a numbers game,” says co-owner Curt Mitchell. “The bottom line is the numbers are the numbers.”

Where the numbers were was an issue as well.

“Honestly, 85 percent of our business has been online,” Mitchell says. “It was probably closer to 90 percent.”

He and Chris Glamann and Scott Kern opened the store at 1716 E. Douglas next to the Donut Whole in September 2012, and Kern left shortly after.

“We’ve always had a great reaction to the shop just as far as the overall aesthetics and what we were trying to do,” Mitchell says.

Keeping enough inventory, though, “just proved too daunting of a task, I’m afraid.”

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Terry Merrifield to close her Health and Healing practice

terryWICHITA — Family physician Terry Merrifield is retiring after May 30, but it’s not entirely by choice.

“I had hoped to go on a few more years,” says the 66-year-old, who owns Health and Healing at 9415 E. Harry.

“Everything about health care has become more and more complex,” Merrifield says.

Whether it’s the government, insurance companies or large employers, everyone seems to need more and more assurances that they’re getting what they need out of her office.

Merrifield says there’s “so much complicated paperwork and computer programming that doesn’t always work right.”

“It has taken more and more time away from my practice,” she says. “It’s just worn me out.”

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