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Kwik Shop to open at Stonebridge June 26

WICHITA — As Have You Heard? reported in September, a new Kwik Shop is coming to the Stonebridge development at the southeast corner of 37th Street North and Maize Road.

It now has an opening date: June 26.

Kwik Shop, which is operated by Kroger, was the third business to announce its opening at Stonebridge followed by anchor tenant Menards and then Sonic last fall.

At the time, Kwik Shop director of real estate Clay Brasher said customers had been asking for a store in that area, and he said Kwik Shop wanted to expand its presence.

The store will have 10 fuel pumps, which can serve 20 vehicles for gas and diesel.

In addition to traditional Kwik Shop offerings, there will be grocery items and fresh food available. Brasher said the food selection will be extensive.

QuikTrip to build two new Generation 3 stores on the south side

WICHITA — QuikTrip is planning two new Generation 3 stores to replace existing ones in south Wichita.

“Unfortunately, a lot of the stores we have in Wichita are the older models,” says spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “It’s a more mature division.”

The QuikTrip at the southeast corner of Meridian and MacArthur is moving to the northwest corner.

“To do the new Gen 3 the way we want to do it, we can’t do it on the current site, so we’re going across the street,” Thornbrugh says.

The existing store at the intersection has only a few pumps.

“That doesn’t cut it in today’s world for QuikTrip,” Thornbrugh says.

The other new store will replace the one at Harry and Webb.

“That’s what we call a scrape-and-build, meaning we will tear down the existing (store) and build a new store in that location,” Thornbrugh says.

The Tulsa-based chain has 38 stores in the greater Wichita area. Thornbrugh can’t say how many will need to be replaced or when that might happen.

“Honestly, you’ve got to look at them store by store.”

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Construction to start within weeks at new Kwik Shop at 13th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — It was January 2012 when Have You Heard? first reported that a Kwik Shop is going to open next to the Dillons at 13th and Woodlawn.

In June, Kwik Shop confirmed that it would happen, but then construction got held up.

Now, it really is about to start.

“We’ve worked out all the details of the project,” says Clay Brasher, Kwik Shop’s director of real estate.

“We just needed to work through lease documents,” he says. “We’ve gotten beyond all that now.”

Within the next few weeks, Brasher says the company “will get some things in motion there.”

Once construction starts, he says, “We’re probably realistically looking at around four months or so from start to finish.”

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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