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Issa brothers opening Emporia IHOP

WICHITA — A year and a half after buying their first IHOP, the Issa brothers are ready to open their second one, this time in Emporia.

“We had an opportunity, and we took it,” says Ali, who is partners in the business with his brothers Ty and Mike.

They also own Larkspur, Ya Ya’s Eurobistro, Hereford House and Heat Cigar & Hookah Lounge.

Their existing IHOP is at 515 S. Ridge Circle in west Wichita.

Their Emporia IHOP, which will open either Oct. 8 or 9, will be in the former Village Inn space at 2831 W. 18th Ave.

“We didn’t have a plan for Emporia,” Ali Issa says of locating there. “It just came up. … It was a good deal.”

He’s not sure where — or even if — they’ll open another IHOP.

“It’s hard to predict.”

Issa says he’ll spend the next month or two focusing on Emporia, although he says he’ll still continue to pop into Heat, which he also runs.

“Heat’s is doing very well,” he says.

Along with a loyal clientele, Issa says he has good employees to help him.

“We have some very good people (at) both places.”

Dwyer’s Hallmark to close in Andover, but sister stores in Wichita, Derby and Emporia will remain open

WICHITA — The Dwyer’s Hallmark store at 420 S. Andover Road is closing at the end of February, but the Dwyer’s Hallmark stores in Wichita (at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn), Derby and Emporia will remain open.

The Andover store is closing because the Dillons that used to be near it moved farther away.

“That’s really killed our business there,” says Scott Dwyer, who manages the businesses for his parents, Sue and Harold.

The store has been there for 10 years. Dwyer says his family isn’t moving to be closer to the new Dillons because rent would be higher.

The family already has closed its Nifty Fifty store at 321 S. Andover Road. That store used to sell the Hallmark shop’s close-out items along with other close-out merchandise.

“It just didn’t work out, either,” Scott Dwyer says of the store, which opened in 2006. “We started out OK, and the sales just really fell off.”

Business at the other stores is all right.

“I’m not going to say it’s great right now,” Dwyer says. “It’s been a pretty tough year. We’re just hoping for a good Christmas.”