Category Archives: New business

Tutoring Center to open at Village at Greenwich

WICHITA — Sachin Bharati’s two small children aren’t old enough for school and test-taking yet, but he’s already thinking of their future and starting a Tutoring Center franchise here.

The business, which is part of a California-based chain, will open this summer next to Supercuts in 1,400 square feet at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich.

“I was just really intrigued by the program,” Bharati says.

The franchise offers an after-school education center for children from kindergarten through 12th grade and specializes in reading, math and writing.

“It’s all one-to-one individual instruction for children,” Bharati says.

The franchise also has SAT and ACT prep classes, which Bharati won’t have immediately “but hopefully down the line.”

“That was a really strong factor, too,” he says of his interest in the franchise.

Initially, Bharati will have two to four instructors.

“It depends on the demand after that.”

Bharati is the business manager for his father Ralph Bharati’s psychiatry office, which he’ll continue to do in addition to having the Tutoring Center.

“Basically,” he says, “I wanted to bring something to the community here for the children.”

Dentist Chris Hickerson to open new practice at Spring Creek in Derby

WICHITA — Derby dentist Chris Hickerson had already been thinking of starting his own practice when his employer asked him to sign a contract.

“I just really didn’t want to get tied down,” Hickerson says.

That’s why he’s decided to start his own practice.

“I thought, well, this is probably just as good of time as any.”

Hickerson’s self-named practice will be in the Spring Creek shopping center, an Occidental Management property in Derby at the southeast corner of Madison and Rock Road.

The practice, which will be in 2,000 square feet, will open sometime next week.

“I’d like to say Monday, but it’s hard to say,” Hickerson says.

Austin Kinzle of Healthcare Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Hickerson says he’ll offer general dental care for all ages along with some orthodontics. He says he’s also an Invisalign provider and will repair implants, which he says he hopes to also place in the future.

Eventually, he says he may also add an associate dentist to his staff.

“For a good while, it’ll probably just be me.”

Hickerson says he chose to name the practice after himself for a reason.

“I feel like I wanted people to know it was a locally owned and operated kind of place.”

Firehouse Subs is first tenant at new strip center at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Slawson Cos. is preparing to start building a strip center in front of the SuperTarget at NewMarket Square later this month and has landed its first tenant for it: Firehouse Subs.

“We acquired from Target an outparcel basically in front of their NewMarket Square store that’ll be just north of the Intrust Bank … branch bank,” says Slawson’s Jerry Jones.

Firehouse Subs will be in 2,000 square feet on the north end of the 10,000-square-foot center.

Jones says two other potential deals for the center are in advance stages of negotiation. If they happen, that would leave 2,800 square feet to lease to a tenant or 1,400 square feet each for two tenants.

Firehouse Subs franchisees Dana and Troy Todd would like to do five of the restaurants in the greater Wichita area. Franchisees Megan and Andrew Reece opened Wichita’s first Firehouse late last year at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

Dana Todd says NewMarket Square is a great place to open Firehouse.

“It’s a well-established area, and it seems to be continuing to grow.”

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Wichita’s Whole Foods Market may not have to be called Bread & Circus

breadncircusWICHITA — According to a poll so informal it probably shouldn’t be called a poll, it looks like the Bread & Circus name that Wichita’s new Whole Foods Market will go by here isn’t exactly being embraced.

Or, to be blunt, no one seems to like it – or actually call the store by that name.

There’s a glimmer of hope, though, for those who prefer the Whole Foods name.

The reason the Austin-based chain chose Bread & Circus, which was the name of some stores the company bought in 1992, is Wichita’s local Whole Foods Association already had the name here.

GreenAcres Market owner Barb Hoffmann purchased the Whole Foods Association stores in January, and it appears she’s now considering letting the larger Whole Foods chain have the name.

“I’m not able to say anything right now,” Hoffmann says.

She says she’ll likely be able to talk in a couple of weeks.

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Locker Room by Lids to open at Towne East

WICHITA — Locker Room by Lids is coming to Towne East Square this spring on the lower level of the mall near JCPenney.

The store sells sports apparel and accessories.

Also this spring at Towne East, teen retailer Aeropostale is relocating to the upper level near Old Navy in the JCPenney wing.

“We’re excited to welcome Locker Room by Lids to Towne East Square soon,” Towne East general manager Jeffrey Runnels said in a release. “The addition of this store and renovations to existing retailers complements our already great mix of retail and dining options, providing more options for Wichita shoppers.”

Quincy’s Bar & Grill owner to open second restaurant and bar in Moundridge

WICHITA — Kyle Estep wasn’t looking to open a bar and restaurant in his wife Nancy’s hometown of Moundridge, but that’s what he’s now doing.

“We’re just opening Quincy’s No. 2 out there,” says Estep, whose first Quincy’s Bar & Grill is near 21st and West streets.

Estep is opening in the 6,000-square-foot brick building that formerly was home to Block 32 Eatery & Pub in Moundridge.

He says the building was built in 2007 as something of a gift to the community.

“A couple of individuals felt that it was time to get a full-service restaurant in town,” Estep says.

“They spared no expense on stuff. It’s a beautiful facility.”

There’s a main level, a second floor meeting space that can hold 60 and “a bunkerlike basement.”

“They just shut it down about a year ago,” Estep says. “It’s been kind of mothballed is the best way to describe it.”

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Raven’s Room to open at Pour Haus space

UPDATED — A new restaurant and bar is opening in the former Pour Haus Restaurant and Tavern space at the southeast corner of Maple and Seneca in early May.

Jeravicious Raven is opening Raven’s Room as “a restaurant and rock bar.”

Raven says he’ll have live music Thursdays through Saturdays and occasionally other days as well.

The business will be open every day but Sunday for lunch and dinner, which will mostly be burgers, sandwiches and steaks.

He previously owned Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar at 3008 W. Central.

“It didn’t go very well,” Raven says.

“I really didn’t have enough money to do it,” he says. “There were so many things I didn’t know.”

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Sweet Willy’s Hillbilly BBQ to open on South Seneca

WICHITA — Insurance salesman Randy Hare has a number of inspirations for opening his own restaurant, Sweet Willy’s Hillbilly BBQ, near 47th and South Seneca.

“I got my roots from the Ozarks and from tasting the good Carolina barbecue around,” Hare says.

willy“Plus, my wife needed a job,” he says of his wife, Pam.

Hare has been the manager at City Life Cafe, where Youth for Christ kids have a chance to learn on the job, and he says he wants to offer them another place to do that.

The Hares are planning to open Sweet Willy’s at 4628 S. Seneca in about three weeks.

“It’s just going to be a little 30-seater,” Hare says.

He says they’ll also have catering, a drive-through and a food truck.

Hare plans to smoke the restaurant’s meat in front of the restaurant in view of passersby.

“If you’re down at the Sonic, you’re going to be able to smell my smoke.”

That’s part of his plan.

“You’ve got to have something.”

Hare says he’ll have smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs and a number of unusual offerings, such as traditional Poutine french fries with cheese curds in a brown gravy, inspired by Canadian partner.

Hare says he’s going to keep his insurance job as well.

“Unfortunately,” he says, “it’s against the law for me to give somebody a steak to buy a life insurance policy.”

Applebee’s to open in front of Warren Theatre on April 15

WICHITA — Jim Stevens is about to move his east-side Applebee’s into a new neighborhood, and he’s feeling a little nostalgic.

In November, Stevens told Have You Heard? his plans to open a new Applebee’s – one of 25 he owns – in front of the Warren Theatre at the Plazzio development at 13th and Greenwich.

That will open April 15. That means the Applebee’s near 21st and North Rock Road is closing at midnight Friday.

“This is my second Applebee’s I opened,” Stevens says of the North Rock Road restaurant.

“It was very memorable.”

Stevens says it was 1990.

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New west-side spa Fresh to offer medical-grade treatments

WICHITA — Jacqueline Benefiel says she’s built medical spas for physicians in the past, and now she’s going to build one for herself.

“I have always wanted to have my own facility,” Benefiel says. “Everything is going to be a little more personal.”

She’s opening Fresh near the QuikTrip at the northeast corner of 21st and Ridge.

“We’re going to be doing medical-grade type treatments for the skin,” Benefiel says, “… and then also kind of having a pampering side to it.”

She will offer massage, body treatments and nail care and also have a retail area to sell the products she uses.

“We have really unique pedicure chairs and things like that to make it a little more comfortable and relaxing.”

Benefiel says when she’s worked at other spas, some were more medical and austere and others were more spalike.

“I’ve always had the extreme to one side or the other,” she says.

Fresh “is just a really great mix of both. I think it’s what people are really looking for.”

Benefiel hopes to be open late April or early May – as long as she’s in business in time for Mother’s Day.

She had considered east-side space, but in hindsight Benefiel says she’s glad it didn’t work out.

“It turns out it makes more sense to be on the west side,” she says.

“There’s a lot of medical spas … on the east side.”

Benefiel says in addition to having fewer spas, the west side is where a lot of her clients already are.

“Although they were willing to travel,” she says, when they heard she’s going west, “they were just thrilled.”