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Cenex gas station and market to open on East 21st Street

UPDATED — A blighted area of East 21st Street is about to experience a revival.

“We’re going in there and building a new gas station,” Amir Etezazi says.

His company, Etezazi Industries, a division of Etezazi Corp., is building a new Cenex gas station and an expanded convenience store in the former Amoco station and market just east of the Canal Route.

“It’s definitely going to enhance the area,” says City Council member Lavonta Williams. “It is going to create another opportunity for people to create pride.”

The station has been abandoned for about a decade.

Amir Etezazi, right, and his father, Masoud Etezazi, are renovating this former market and a neighboring former Amoco station into a new market and Cenex station.

Amir Etezazi, right, and his father, Masoud Etezazi, are renovating this former market and a neighboring former Amoco station into a new market and Cenex station.

“Anytime you have at least one … blighted building where something is not kept up, you’re going to invite illegal dumping,” Williams says. “You’re going to invite illegal activity.”

Etezazi, who bought the building in December, says there have been “a lot of challenges” so far.

“It was vandalized pretty badly,” he says. “Constantly, there is some sort of vandalism.”

People dumping trash on the property is a big issue, he and Williams say.

Williams says Etezazi finally put a Dumpster on the property to give people an option for their trash. “Don’t just drop it on the lot.”

Etezazi says the Dumpster actually is there for his use, and he wants people to stop seeing the area as a place for trash.

So far, most of the work Etezazi has done has been on the inside of the 7,500-square-foot building, which he’s divided for various uses.

Etezazi plans a full kitchen with fresh and prepared foods.

Williams says it’s “just another opportunity for people to have something accessible to purchase items,” especially for those who may be walking to the store.

She says Etezazi’s store will have fresh produce and other items the Dollar General across the street might not have.

“I’m really looking forward to that,” Williams says.

Etezazi plans to lease space on the east end of the building for a liquor store.

“We had to go back and forth a little bit with the city,” he says.

Etezazi also has three other convenience stores, including a Phillips 66 at Kellogg and Hillside, one in Newton and a Valero at Central and Ridge.

He’s hoping the Cenex will open in early October, but he says it more likely will be the middle of the month.

Etezazi also is hoping there will be a payoff for his hard work and frustrations.

“We’re investing a lot of money in here.”

Presto gone from 127th and Central

WICHITA — The Presto gas station near 127th and Central has closed, but why it closed is unclear.

“The Pantry continuously evaluates the store portfolio of more than 1,530 stores across the southeastern United States,” Sarah Haas, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina company, said in an e-mailed statement.

“On occasion, circumstances lead to closing a store location.”

Haas wouldn’t address what circumstances those were.

“Presto continues to serve guests in the Wichita area with 18 store locations,” Haas said. “​There are no plans to close additional stores at the present time.”

Haas wouldn’t say whether there’s a chance the store could reopen elsewhere, writing only “I greatly appreciate your inquiries. These are the statements provided by The Pantry.”

QuikTrip planning two more Gen 3 stores

WICHITA — Bel Aire is two blocks shy of getting its first gas station.

QuikTrip has filed a permit for a new store at 35th and Oliver. Bel Aire begins on the northeast corner of 37th and Oliver.

“We’d like to get a QuikTrip or something like that,” says City Manager Ty Lasher. “We’d take anything.”

He says it’s not like there aren’t convenience stores in the area, though.

“They’re all very close.”

Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for Tulsa-based QuikTrip, says the company has filed permits for the Oliver store and one near K-96 and North Ridge Road.

“We would like to go there, yes,” he says. “There’s still a ways to go where I’d have dates.”

When they do open, the stores will be Generation 3 stores, which is the chain’s latest prototype with kitchens and full-service counters for food and drinks.

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Harry and Webb QuikTrip opens; 39th Street North and Ridge Road QuikTrip still planned

WICHITA — Wichita’s newest QuikTrip opened Thursday at the southeast corner of Harry and Webb.

Like the other new Generation 3 QuikTrips that have opened here, this one has auto diesel and ethanol-free gasoline, which the Tulsa-based chain calls EO.

In 2009, before the company starting building Gen 3 stores here, it announced plans to build a new QuikTrip near 39th Street North and Ridge Road. That hasn’t happened, and there’s still no construction date slated, but QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says it will still happen.

“The answer is yeah, we’ve always planned to have a store there,” he says in response to a reader’s question. “It’s a site we want to pursue.”

QuikTrip confirms new Gen 3 store at K-15 and 31st Street South

WICHITA — QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh now confirms what Have You Heard? reported in early October: The chain is opening a store at the southeast corner of K-15 and 31st Street South.

“It’s going to be another Generation 3 store,” Thornbrugh says. “We hope to begin construction in January 2014.”

He says that means the store should open around August.

The Tulsa-based chain’s first Gen 3 store in Wichita opened at 625 S. Hillside last year. A second opened recently at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Broadway. A third will open at the southeast corner of Harry and Webb this month, and another is planned at the northwest corner of Meridian and MacArthur for February.

The Gen 3s are proving so popular, Wichitans should expect to keep seeing more.

“We’re spoiling everybody because that’s the direction we’re going,” Thornbrugh says. “It’ll take us just a little bit of time, but we’re getting there.”

Not every store will be converted or rebuilt as a Gen 3, though. Thornbrugh says some locations are so good, the company doesn’t want to move the stores, and there’s not enough room to do Gen 3 conversions.

“We’ll make a lot of modifications that will get us real close to it,” he says. “We’re going to do as many as we possibly can.”

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Haysville is getting a new Kwik Shop

WICHITA — At long last, Haysville is getting a new Kwik Shop.

It looked like a new store was going to open a few years back, but it didn’t happen.

Now, one is under construction at the northeast corner of Grand and Meridian. It will replace the current store at 424 W. Grand.

“Haysville has been under review for some time by Kwik Shop,” director of real estate Clay Brasher said in an e-mail.

“Kwik Shop is extremely excited about the current store project, and we feel that our customers will be as well. Kwik Shop has received a lot of feedback from our customers in the Haysville community suggesting an upgrade to our current facility and offering, and we are very happy to be able to provide just that.”

At more than 7,500 square feet, the store will be bigger than Kwik Shop’s other new stores at 37th and Maize Road and 13th and Woodlawn.

There will be an expanded grocery area with more fresh items.

Look for the new Kwik Shop to open in 2014.

New QuikTrip may be coming to K-15 and 31st Street South

WICHITA — New QuikTrips seem to just keep coming.

According to an application with the city, it looks like one is coming to 2.24 acres at the southeast corner of K-15 and 31st Street South.

QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh isn’t talking yet.

“It’s just too premature for us to comment.”

Dillons to do fuel center at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — As promised, Sheila Lowrie contacted Have You Heard? to say that yes, Dillons is putting a fuel center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

For a long time, it looked like the company was preparing to do a gas station there, but there was no confirmation.

First, Dillons demolished the former Twin Lakes Liquor store that was on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Then, Dillons employees at that store started telling customers that the station was coming, but still there was no official confirmation.

Now, Lowrie says Conco Construction will begin the project on Sept. 23. There will be seven fuel dispensers for 14 fueling positions. Look for the project to be completed in November.

QuikTrip has two more Gen 3 stores planned in addition to three others in the works

UPDATED — QuikTrip is working on a couple of new Generation 3 stores in addition to the ones the Tulsa-based chain has already announced in Wichita.

The next one to be done after ones already slated for Kellogg and Broadway, Meridian and MacArthur and Harry and Webb will be one at the northeast corner of 37th and Rock Road.

“Yes, we are going to be doing a relocation there,” says QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh.

Currently, there’s a QuikTrip on the southwest corner of the intersection.

“It will be a Generation 3 store,” Thornbrugh says of what QuikTrip plans for the new site. “Hopefully, construction will start sometime this year and open up spring of next year.”

The new stores are much larger than older models and have an average of 5,700 square feet along with more fresh food options.

The chain also plans to do its new prototype at the northwest corner of Central and Oliver to replace the existing QuikTrip, though that one won’t happen as quickly.

QuikTrip has plans to tear down three houses and one commercial property to have room to do the new store, but the houses need to be rezoned to limited commercial.

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