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Kwik Shop at 13th and Woodlawn in flux

WICHITA — There’s still a good chance a Kwik Shop is coming to 13th and Woodlawn, but it’s not for certain.

“It remains to be seen,” says Clay Brasher, Kwik Shop’s director of real estate.

“There’s some things that we’re working through,” he says of working with the center on the southwest corner. “It’s just kind of been an ongoing discussion.”

The chain hopes to build a 4,000-square-foot store with eight fuel pumps, which equates to 16 fueling stations.

If it happens, there won’t be a pharmacy but there will be some grocery items.

Brasher says a decision will come sooner rather than later.

“We still believe that we’ll get (it) done at some point.”

Still no word on gas at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — It’s still not certain that Dillons is adding a fueling center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported when the company knocked down the former Twin Lakes Liquor building.

Dillons employees were telling customers a gas station was coming, but company spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie wasn’t available for comment.

Now she is, but she still can’t confirm what’s happening. As soon as she can, she says, we’ll be the first ones she tells.

Dillons adds fuel center in Andover

WICHITA — There’s a new Dillons Fuel Center under construction just west of the chain’s grocery store along Kellogg in Andover.

There will be six fuel pumps with diesel and gasoline that can accommodate 12 vehicles.

“We’ll also have a small kiosk, which is the typical format for our Dillons Fuel Centers,” says spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie.

Unless there are delays related to weather, Lowrie says the gas station should open by the end of the year.

Kwik Shop still coming to 13th and Woodlawn

UPDATED — An alert reader who saw a construction sign go up and then come down wonders if the Kwik Shop is still going to happen at 13th and Woodlawn near the Dillons.

It is, according to Clay Brasher, director of real estate.

“It’s probably a couple of months away from actually starting construction,” he says.

The store will be about 4,000 square feet. There will be eight fuel pumps, which equates to 16 fueling stations.

Brasher says there won’t be a pharmacy but there will be some grocery items.

“It’ll have a pretty good selection of Dillons food at Dillons prices.”

Kwik Shop confirms it’s opening a store at 13th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Kwik Shop president Jeff Parker now confirms what Have You Heard? reported in January.

The chain is opening a new store next to Dillons, its sister company, at 13th and Woodlawn.

“We do intend to open a store there,” Parker says.

It will be Kwik Shop’s 19th store in the greater Wichita area.

The 4,000-square-foot store should open before the end of the year.

Parker says there will be eight fuel dispensers, traditional fountain drinks and some grocery items, such as produce and meat “like we do in most of our other stores.”

“We felt like it was a good fit for . . . the area.”

Kwik Shop also recently opened a new 13,000-square-foot store in Goddard where another one had been torn down.

“It’s got a wide, expansive grocery,” Parker says.

The company isn’t putting a store next to the Dillons at 21st and Amidon as customers had hoped, but Parker says he’s always on the lookout for new locations.

“We continually look for any opportunities . . . that seem to fit.”

Jump Start gas station to reopen on West 21st Street

WICHITA — The Jump Start gas station at 3805 W. 21st St. is reopening, most likely next month.

The store has been empty for more than two years. It used to be affiliated with Conoco.

“I’m going to do it unbranded,” says Narendra Patel, who also has gas stations in Kansas City and Winfield.

“I’m successful on both the stores,” Patel says.

He says he likes the challenge of reopening gas stations, particularly ones that need a little TLC.

Patel also is looking for other opportunities to purchase stations within a 100-mile radius.

He says he likes the West 21st Street site because of the houses and traffic in the area.

He’s planning to have a Hunt Brothers Pizza station at the store, which he hopes will be a draw.

“We’re here to help them,” says Tim McConnell, a Hunt Brothers district manager.

Patel used to work with his family’s Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.

“I was in that business a long time,” he says.

If Dunkin’ Donuts is interested in coming to Wichita, Patel says he’d like to have the business.

“We will try our best to get it here.”

PumpHouse will keep pumping — but not gas

pumpUPDATED — After almost 80 years in business, the PumpHouse will no longer be pumping gas as of late July.

“It’s a landmark in Old Town,” owner Jim Ross says.

The area has changed, though, and the PumpHouse is changing with it.

Five years ago, Ross and his wife, Judy, converted part of their property into a bar and restaurant. It has done so well, it’s edged out some of their gas business.

“The bar has become so popular that people now think it’s just a parking lot, and they’ll pull up at the pump and go inside,” Jim Ross says. “They think the gas pumps are fake. We can’t even sell gas.”

The Rosses have expansion plans.

“We need to do things like add to our food menu and develop the rest of our property,” Jim Ross says. “It’s just got a lot of potential that we haven’t tapped yet.”

It’s probably not quite what his father envisioned in 1931 when he first opened a gas station.

“He started in a location just about nine blocks from here, right across the street from the new arena,” Ross says of his late father, Bob.

“The guy that was in this location went broke, and Vickers Petroleum asked my father to come take this location.”

That was in the late ’30s.

“He had a lot of the downtown commercial business at that time,” Ross says.

Commercial sales, such as to a large cab company, were a big part of the PumpHouse’s business.

Ross went to work there in 1959. He took over the shop when his father retired in the early 1970s.

“As the downtown started declining, business started moving to the suburbs,” Ross says. “The gasoline business declined a little bit.”

The service side of his business did well, though.

So did an unexpected side of the Rosses’ business.

Twenty years ago, Judy Ross used to make sandwiches for employees.

Customers smelled her cooking and suggested she make food to go.

“One thing led to another,” she says.

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PumpHouse to quit selling gas in late July

WICHITA — After almost 80 years in business, the PumpHouse will no longer be pumping gas as of late July.

“It’s a landmark in Old Town,” owner Jim Ross says.

The area has changed, though, and the PumpHouse is changing with it.

Five years ago, Ross and his wife, Judy, converted part of their property into a bar and restaurant. It has done so well, it’s edged out some of their gas business.

“The bar has become so popular that people now think it’s just a parking lot, and they’ll pull up at the pump and go inside,” Jim Ross says. “They think the gas pumps are fake. We can’t even sell gas.”

The Rosses have expansion plans.

“We need to do things like add to our food menu and develop the rest of our property,” Jim Ross says. “It’s just got a lot of potential that we haven’t tapped yet.”

For the full story, including some of the PumpHouse’s history, check back here later today and in tomorrow’s Wichita Eagle.

Dillons to add fuel centers at Central and West and at Harry and Edgemoor

WICHITA — The Dillons at Central and West is the latest in the chain to be getting a fuel center.

“Those excess buildings have been removed,” says spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie of buildings adjacent to the store.

The 10-pump fuel center will be in the southwest corner of the property and face West Street.

Dillons is finishing renovations to the store there as well. There will be a grand opening for both later this summer.

The new Dillons under construction at Harry and Edgemoor also will have a fuel center, this one with 12 pumps. The entire project should be complete by the end of the year.

“We’ve had quite a few projects here recently and in the past five years,” Lowrie says.

That includes new fuel centers at 13th and West streets, 13th and Maize Road and one in Augusta.

It looked like a fuel center was coming to 21st and Amidon, but Lowrie says that’s not the case — at least not now.

“For us, fuel is very important,” she says.

Lowrie says Dillons will continue to add centers “where it makes sense for our customers.”

Chick-fil-A likely to come to Central and Rock

WICHITA — Wichita Chick-fil-A fanatics, you asked and you shall receive.

The Atlanta-based fast food chain is in final negotiations to bring a freestanding Chick-fil-A to the northwest corner of Central and Rock where a Presto gas station has been.

The deal basically is all but signed. Presto’s last day in business was Saturday.

Chick-fil-A has space in the Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University, but Wichitans have long requested that it bring at least one if not more of the restaurants somewhere off campus.

Commercial broker and Chick-fil-A die-hard Cory Harkleroad started a one-man campaign to bring more of the restaurants to Wichita and has a Facebook page to promote the idea. The page has more than 8,000 friends.

“While it’s not my deal, I’m excited (about) any hand I might have had in getting them motivated to move forward in this area,” Harkleroad says. “I’m really excited to go pick up a chicken sandwich in their drive-through.”

No one with Chick-fil-A could be reached for comment, but it looks like the chain plans more than one restaurant in addition to the WSU location.

The deal at Central and Rock isn’t contingent on other locations.

We’ll keep you posted.