Category Archives: Eastgate Plaza

Firehouse Subs to open late this month

WICHITA — In September, Have You Heard? reported that Firehouse Subs is going to be opening in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock. Now, franchisee Megan Reece confirms it.

Reece says she and her husband, Andrew, frequently visit her parents in Arkansas where they discovered Firehouse.

“We liked the experience, and we love the atmosphere,” she says.

She says the restaurant serves “high quality subs” in what she calls “a firefighter atmosphere.”

Reece says the company founders are former firefighters, and the restaurant’s decor is related to firefighting. Colors are red, white and black.

Though technically Firehouse is a fast-casual concept, Reece says its meat and cheese are steamed, so the sandwiches take a little longer to make. The bread is toasted, and vegetables are served cold on the sandwiches.

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Casual Male XL to expand at Eastgate Plaza and convert to Destination XL brand

WICHITA — The Casual Male XL store at Eastgate Plaza is going to undergo an expansion and rebranding in the coming months.

The move is part of a national expansion for the Massachusetts-based Destination XL Group.

The company’s new stores, including the one in Wichita, will be called Destination XL. They’ll offer expanded sizes and brands — more than 100 in all — along with wider aisles and bigger dressing rooms.

Currently, the Eastgate Casual Male is in about 3,500 square feet at the east end of the center in a free-standing building. It will expand to about 7,000 square feet. While renovation is under way, the shop will temporarily move to between Kirkland’s and Dress Barn within Eastgate.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. helped with the deal.

The new store should be ready in early 2014.

Marshalls may be narrowing its list of possible east-side sites for second store

WICHITA — It was late 2011 when Have You Heard? broke the news that Marshalls most likely would be coming to Wichita.

Since then, the Massachusetts-based discount retailer opened a Marshalls in the former Borders Books space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

A deal to open in Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich didn’t work out, but local T.J. Maxx employees are telling customers that Marshalls is still looking on the east side and has narrowed its decision to two or three sites.

Parent company TJX Cos. owns Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and in the Westgate Market shopping center at Kellogg and Dugan.

It looked like TJX at one point also considered opening its HomeGoods concept in Wichita, but that no longer seems like an imminent possibility. At least not as much as an east-side Marshalls.

No one at TJX is sharing details on possible Marshalls sites yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Good Feet to open in Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — A new store is coming to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock that is all about making feet feel good.

“I am basically reopening Good Feet in Wichita,” says franchisee Arnold Pereira.

“There used to be a store many, many years ago from what I understand.”

The franchise is based in California, and there are more than 100 Good Feet stores nationally that sell arch supports. The Wichita store will make the 10th Good Feet store for Pereira, who is based in Milwaukee, Wis. His closest store is in Kansas City.

“Wichita, I think, is a very good, solid market,” Pereira says.

The store particularly caters to people who have to stand while they work.

“They are in need of this product,” Pereira says.

Foot pain leads to body pain, he says.

“The arches aren’t in place anymore, and the body follows.”

The right support “can immediately take care of someone’s alignment issues.”

“There are a million inserts out there,” Pereira says. “The issue is whether it’s fitted correctly.”

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You don’t say

“My wife was not happy to see the store opening.”

University of Kansas alumnus Alan Burch, who was happy to see the new KU Store open in Eastgate Plaza but already has more memorabilia than his wife thinks he should

Family Christian Stores to move from Normandie Center to Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — After more than a decade in Normandie Center, Family Christian Stores is moving to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

“We’re actually going where we feel more of our customers shop,” says Paul Sobol, vice present of real estate for the Michigan-based chain.

Normandie is at Central and Woodlawn, which Sobol says is “not a regional shopping area.”

New stores at Eastgate, such as Ross Dress For Less, “really have a similar customer so that we feel we can reach out to more and more people,” Sobol says.

There’s also a Family Christian Stores location in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road that’s been open for about seven years.

Nationally, there are almost 300 stores, which sell Christian-themed products, such as gifts, books, jewelry, CDs and DVDs.

“We reach out to the whole Christian community,” Sobol says.

The new east-side store will be in the former Mattress Firm space, which is about 4,000 square feet. That’s slightly larger than the Normandie space.

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons and Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal.

Look for the Eastgate Family Christian Stores to open around Oct. 25.

KU sports store to open at Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — The same company that has Lids sports cap stores in Towne East and Towne West Squares is bringing a KU store to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock.

No one with Nashville-based Genesco is talking, but work is under way at the store, which will sell officially licensed KU merchandise.

It’s not clear when the 2,000-square-foot store will open.

It’s taking part of the former Souper!Salad! space at Eastgate.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. represented Eastgate, and Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented the tenant.

Discount retailer Marshalls to open in former Borders space at NewMarket Square

UPDATED — In December, Have You Heard? reported that with any luck, by the 2012 holiday season shoppers in east and west Wichita would have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.

That’s going to happen – at least for west-siders.

The Massachusetts-based chain, part of the TJX Cos., has a building permit for $580,000 to remodel the former Borders space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

“I can confirm we do have a lease with Marshalls,” says Jerry Jones, vice president of commercial development for Slawson Cos., the NewMarket developer.

The approximately 23,000-square-foot building was built in 2001. Borders left the space in September.

Jones referred questions about the opening to a Marshalls representative, who wouldn’t confirm that the store will be coming to Wichita.

“When opening new stores, we tend to announce our plans when we believe it is the right time to do so competitively,” wrote spokeswoman Doreen Thompson in an e-mail. “Generally speaking, it is our practice not to announce store openings until close to an intended opening date.”

It looks like that will be in time for the holidays – or before.

“I like that it brings a large apparel component to the center,” Jones says. “It’ll really complement everything else we have out there real well.”

Slawson Real Estate handled the lease for the landlord.

Marshalls also has looked at opening on the east side, but that deal doesn’t seem to be as far along.

TJX owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and at Westgate Market at Kellogg and Dugan.

Marshalls, which is similar to T.J. Maxx, is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices — “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline — though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.

Look for more details later today on Marshalls’ entry into the Wichita market.

Dress Barn to open at Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — Another new business is coming to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

Dress Barn is going to open in 7,800 square feet next to Office Max.

No one with the New York-based company returned a call to comment.

There’s a Dress Barn already in Wichita at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal for the Eastgate space.

Marshalls may open in east, west Wichita

UPDATED — With any luck, by this time next year, shoppers in east and west Wichita will have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.

It looks like the Massachusetts-based retailer is working on two possible deals here.

Parent company TJX Cos. owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and in the Westgate shopping center at Kellogg and Dugan.

Marshalls is similar to T.J. Maxx. Marshalls is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices — “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline — though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.

No one with TJX returned calls for comment, and no one else involved in the deals is talking.

Sources, though, say here’s what’s in the works:

On the west side, Marshalls is considering locating at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize. The former Borders Books space is the likely new home.

On the east side, the retailer is negotiating at Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich.

There’s about 50,000 square feet between World Market and where the new Cabela’s is going to open in 2012.

One retailer could take the entire space or it could be divided.

There’s also a pad site available in front of Cabela’s.

Landmark Commercial Real Estate is marketing the project.

It looked like TJX’s HomeGoods concept was briefly considered for Regency Lakes, but it sounds like that’s now off the table.

This isn’t the first time Marshalls has appeared close to a deal here, so there’s still a chance it may not happen.

We’ll let you know.