Category Archives: Derby

Dentist Chris Hickerson to open new practice at Spring Creek in Derby

WICHITA — Derby dentist Chris Hickerson had already been thinking of starting his own practice when his employer asked him to sign a contract.

“I just really didn’t want to get tied down,” Hickerson says.

That’s why he’s decided to start his own practice.

“I thought, well, this is probably just as good of time as any.”

Hickerson’s self-named practice will be in the Spring Creek shopping center, an Occidental Management property in Derby at the southeast corner of Madison and Rock Road.

The practice, which will be in 2,000 square feet, will open sometime next week.

“I’d like to say Monday, but it’s hard to say,” Hickerson says.

Austin Kinzle of Healthcare Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Hickerson says he’ll offer general dental care for all ages along with some orthodontics. He says he’s also an Invisalign provider and will repair implants, which he says he hopes to also place in the future.

Eventually, he says he may also add an associate dentist to his staff.

“For a good while, it’ll probably just be me.”

Hickerson says he chose to name the practice after himself for a reason.

“I feel like I wanted people to know it was a locally owned and operated kind of place.”

Multigenerational residential concept to debut at the Oaks in Derby this spring

WICHITA — In an effort to attract more interest at the Oaks in Derby, residential and commercial developer Bill Lusk is debuting a new concept there this spring.

“He charged me with the task of figuring out how we can get some fresh traffic down there,” says Scott Shanks, Lusk’s sales manager for residential communities.

“We needed some way to get (real estate agents) to say, ‘Hey, I’ll come down there and look at your community and look at your concept.’”

Shanks came from Denver where he says he was part of an initiative to help families with multigenerational residential needs, such as baby boomers who are helping care for elderly parents.

The concept is “designed basically to be a home within a home,” Shanks says. “So from the street it looks like any other home.”

Inside, there’s a traditional entry into the home with a family room, kitchen, master bath and laundry. Then down the hall, where secondary bedrooms usually would be, there’s a door that opens to a kitchenette, family room, another large bedroom with a bathroom, a laundry room and a one-car garage with a private entrance, meaning whoever lives in the second area never has to go through the main house.

There are several floor plans from which to choose. The spaces will be separately heated and cooled.

“So a person could basically function like it’s their own home,” Shanks says, “ … without it totally interrupting the privacy of the family.”

He says families can finance homes together.

Shanks calls it “a solution that’s never been offered” in this area previously.

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Derby Antiques & More closes; owner struggling to pay vendors

WICHITA — Derby Antiques & More went out of business Jan. 31, but owner Sandra Ostrander is still dealing with the fallout from the less than 1-year-old business.

Ostrander, who lives in Atlanta but has Derby relatives, on Wednesday paid the antique mall’s approximately 200 vendors their January sales but wasn’t able to pay everyone in full.

“There are a lot of rumors going around that I’m a scam artist, and I’m not,” Ostrander says.

She says she voluntarily signed promissory notes and had them notarized for the vendors she could not pay. Ostrander says she also gave them her contact information.

“I want them to understand I am obligating myself.”

Ostrander says there were problems from the start, including serious maintenance issues at her leased space at Madison and Rock Road.

“The business has been running at a loss and going downhill for months,” she says. “It’s my fault because I haven’t been an active participant in the business.”

She says managers have handled the business for her.

“I guess I should not have allowed that.”

General manager Scott Divelbiss says that is true.

“Yes, she did have some managers here who made some really bad decisions on her behalf,” he says.

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Auto-Motion to open in former Shelton Collision Repair space

WICHITA — A new automotive shop is going to open in Derby at 122 N. Georgie, which was home to Shelton Collision Repair for more than three decades until its recent move.

Casey Kallhoff, who has worked for Advance Auto Parts for the last five years, is opening Auto-Motion.

“I just wanted to … have my own business,” Kallhoff says.

He says he and his staff of four will work on all makes and models but will specialize on later-model vehicles.

Kallhoff is leasing about 6,000 square feet of the 8,600-square-foot space.

“It will be huge,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of room to grow and add things and get bigger in the future.”

Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens handled the lease.

Auto-Motion will open in early January.

Kallhoff says Shelton Collision Repair will use the remainder of the building as overflow from its new shop, which is at 325 W. Patriot.

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You don’t say

“I said, ‘No,’ and I kind of exhausted my no’s at this point.”

– Derby economic development director Allison Moeding, who in January will regretfully leave her job after 11 years because her husband, Air Force reservist Mike Moeding, is being transferred to Joint Base Andrews

Integrity Chiropractic Center to open at Bristol Square in Derby

WICHITA — Just as the new driver’s license bureau is opening at Bristol Square in Derby, another new tenant has signed a lease at the shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

“It’s pretty good visibility,” chiropractor Ross Rawlins says of opening Integrity Chiropractic Center there early next month.

“I came back to Derby because this is actually where I grew up, and it’s just a really great place to raise a family.”

Rawlins and his wife are expecting their first child.

After graduating in 2011, Rawlins says he wasn’t sure where he wanted to practice. He wound up in Texas.

“Working in Texas made me kind of realize I wanted to go back to Kansas,” Rawlins says.

“I like a simple community,” he says. “I like to be able to go to the grocery store and know somebody there.”

Rawlins is calling his clinic Integrity Chiropractic Center in part after the integrity of the spine but also because of the kind of business he wants to run.

“I know a lot of people in town, and I wanted to kind of help serve them.”

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La Hacienda to open in Derby

WICHITA — There’s finally a new restaurant close to opening in the former China Buffet space at 1138 Nelson Drive in Derby.

Jose Ayala is opening La Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant that his family started in South Carolina.

“We want to try something different here,” Ayala says.

He’ll offer traditional Mexican food and a full bar starting sometime in October.

Firehouse Subs coming to Wichita, Chick-fil-A likely going to Derby

WICHITA — A new restaurant chain is coming to Wichita, and a much sought-after favorite may be going to Derby.

Firehouse Subs is going to be opening in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock.

The Florida-based chain has more than 600 restaurants in 35 states and Puerto Rico.

No one with the chain could be reached for comment, but its website says a restaurant is coming soon to that address.

The restaurant will go next to where the KU Store is.

In Derby, Chick-fil-A is working on a restaurant at the Derby Marketplace.

No one with the Atlanta-based chain was immediately available for comment, but representatives of the company have said in the past that they’re interested in Derby.

A Chick-fil-A opened at Central and Rock last year followed by a second one near 21st and Maize Road.

Look for more information about Chick-fil-A and Firehouse Subs soon.

Picasso’s Pizzeria to open in Derby

WICHITA — Picasso’s Pizzeria owner Kurt Schmidt is going to open a second restaurant, but it’s not where he initially thought it would be.

“I’m still waiting on my favorite space on the east side to become available,” Schmidt says of Central and Vassar in College Hill.

While he’s waiting, Schmidt is going to open a Picasso’s in Bristol Square at Madison and Rock Road in Derby.

“Derby is just crazy right now with all the restaurants on Rock Road,” he says.

Bristol Square is where the state this fall is opening a new driver’s license bureau, which will be a couple of doors down from where Picasso’s will open in February.

The restaurant will be similar to Schmidt’s first Picasso’s, which opened in Delano last year.

The new Picasso’s will be in 2,000 square feet, which compares to 1,800 square feet in Delano. Schmidt hopes to have a few tables outdoors in front of the restaurant along with an indoor-outdoor patio in another area.

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Derby’s Bristol Square shopping center growing under new owners

UPDATED — The new Sedgwick County drivers license bureau that’s opening in Derby this fall isn’t all that’s happening at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

“It’s going to be a fabulous center for Derby,” says Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons.

“It’s under new ownership,” she says. “That is the reason they’re getting things done. The new owners are aggressive deal makers, and they’re turning the center around.”

Lowry says Bristol Square’s previous owners didn’t invest in the center to “keep it running right and looking right.”

“These new owners will do everything right.”

They’re a mix of local and out-of-state investors who prefer not to be named.

The Dollar Tree has renewed its lease at Bristol Square and expanded to 10,000 square feet.

“They’ve doubled their space now,” says Lowry, who handled the deal.

Sunshine Nail Salon has also more than doubled its size from 1,200 square feet to 2,800 square feet.

The UPS Store has renewed its lease for another five years as well. New tenant Precious Debut 4D Ultrasound opened at the center this spring.

Weigand’s Cristi Howell, who did the Precious Debut deal, and Bradley Tidemann are handling leasing for Bristol Square.

“I do think the fact that it has local ownership now is a real positive for the center,” Howell says.

She says it’s more than just the financial investment.

“Just being local, they’re more in tune with the community and responsive to tenants.”