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Pink Saloon to move to Waterfront addition

UPDATED — After a period of some hard consideration, Brooke Hebert has decided to move her Pink Saloon from Douglas and Oliver to the new addition of the Waterfront at the northwest corner of 13th and Webb.

“It’s been really good where we’re at, so it wasn’t an easy decision,” she says.

Pink Saloon, a women’s clothing shop, had been in El Dorado for three years before moving to Wichita five years ago to the same center where Aspen Boutique is.

Hebert says her business has grown every year she’s been in Wichita, but she says the majority of her clients are in east Wichita.

“They come from all over,” Hebert says, but “the east side’s really strong for us.”

waterfrontThe new Whole Foods Market, which is set to open at the Waterfront on Sept. 10, is part of the lure.

“Whole Foods, obviously, is a great anchor,” Hebert says.

She says she also likes other tenants at the Waterfront, which includes a more developed addition on the northeast corner.

On the northwest corner, the 51,000-square-foot first phase is nearing completion.

In the Bag Cleaners last week announced it will have a store there, and Equity Bank also will be to the north of the building that will be home to the cleaners, Pink Saloon and Whole Foods. There are spaces for several other tenants as well, and there’s another 14,000-square-foot building coming with the second phase of development. It will be between the bank and the first retail center. There also will be a smaller building in front of the second center with up to 4,000 square feet.

“We are getting ready to start Phase 2,” says the Waterfront’s Stephen Clark II.

He says Pink Saloon will make a great addition.

“You’re starting to see now how visible this center is, and I think that location will make a big difference for her,” Clark says.

Hebert says her store will have a new look.

“It’s going to be completely different, actually, as far as the aesthetic,” she says.

“The space is going to be really cool,” Clark says.

Hebert won’t share details yet, though.

“It’s going to be a surprise.”

She says the new store will be ready sometime in the fourth quarter.

At 1,800 square feet, Hebert says, her store will be smaller than her current 2,800 square feet, but “it’s not going to change our product mix.” She says she may even expand some lines.

Hebert says she’s excited about the move.

“Anytime you change and evolve, it’s just really exciting.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Carl Hebert is Brooke Hebert’s brother-in-law. This was the first time the two worked together.

“He really helped me through this process,” Brooke Hebert says. “It was really fun to work with him.”

Law Kingdon Architecture designed the center, and the Law Co. is the contractor.

“We’re about where we’d thought we would be,” Clark says of the center’s progress. “Things are going well.”

He says there should be more news soon.

“We’ve got some great tenants that have signed up and that we’re talking to.”

Sunbelt Rentals enters market with store

WICHITA — Sunbelt Rentals, an international company that bills itself as the second-largest rental company nationally, is entering the Wichita market.

“We’ve got a variety of products that we’ll be able to provide,” says district manager Keith Dressendorfer.

He says Sunbelt, which is based in England and has U.S. headquarters in South Carolina, already has customers here. Now they’ll have a store to shop at in addition to online.

Sunbelt is remodeling a 13,000-square-foot building at 3410 W. 30th St. South. Dressendorfer says it should be ready by late September, but the company will have a soft opening sometime in August.

There are more than 400 Sunbelt stores, many of which surround the Midwest.

“Basically there’s been a void in the Midwest,” Dressendorfer says. “We just want to start filling in some of the Midwest.”

The company now has stores in Oklahoma City, Joplin, Mo., Rogers, Ark., and Kansas City. A second Kansas City store is in the works.

“A year ago, none of those existed for us,” Dressendorfer says. He says there’s “quite a lot of growth up in this area for us.”

Sunbelt does “a little bit of everything,” Dressendorfer says.

There are a dozen divisions, such as a general tool group, a concrete and masonry group, an earth moving division, an oil and gas division, a climate control division and a scaffolding division.

Dressendorfer says customers could be anyone from a homeowner needing to rent something for a one-time use to a Fortune 500 company needing to rent a number of things.

“We will do business with pretty much anybody,” he says.

General and commercial contractors are some of Sunbelt’s most regular customers.

Dressendorfer says there is a budget for nine employees initially, “But who knows where it will go after that?”

He says Sunbelt plans to hire locally.

Dressendorfer says a second Wichita store or more throughout Kansas are possibilities.

“There will always be that opportunity.”

Augusta Municipal Airport manager hopes to have restaurant at airport

WICHITA — Augusta Municipal Airport manager Lloyd Partin’s latest hope for the airport is a restaurant.

“Most people fly with some sort of intention in their trip,” he says. “It gives people a reason to fly, especially for leisure reasons.”

Partin says the idea would be to lure people flying in for the proverbial $100 hamburger but also attract people driving in from around the area.

He says it’s about giving “another reason why the airport is important.”

Partin says the car rentals that the airport added are used more by nonfliers than those flying in.

There’s a hurdle to a restaurant, though.

“The primary issue right now is having access to a sewer line,” Partin says. “That’s the critical component.”

He says a microsewage treatment plant is a possibility, as is getting a line extended from Andover.

“We were discussing the possibility with the city of Andover,” Partin says. “We’re still working on that and still having discussions with them.”

Ideally, Partin would like a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“That would be my goal,” he says. Having a full-service menu “would be a real benefit.”

“It would be a good location for something like that.”

Partin says he’s spoken with potential operators but doesn’t have anything waiting on the back burner. He says there’s interest, though.

“I think a restaurant, from the airports that have one, is kind of like icing on the cake,” he says. “It brings it full circle in terms of providing a reason for people to get out and fly.”

MakeICT will remain in Delano for now

WICHITA — When Bluebird Arthouse closed in late May, MakeICT had to scramble a bit to make sure it would still have a place to operate.

The group had been subleasing space at Bluebird, which was on West Douglas just east of Seneca in Delano.

Now, with help from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation, MakeICT has a new lease at the address along with money to help pay for it and utilities for six months.

MakeICT formed in 2012 as part of the international Makerspace movement and recently was granted a nonprofit status.

“It’s this very cool thing that sometimes I think I’m too old to understand, but I’m trying,” says Shelly Prichard, president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation.

“It’s very loosely defined,” she says, “… which is part of what my personality has trouble with.”

Makerspaces are types of community centers that also have tools to help with all kinds of creativity.

That could be a wood shop, machine shop, art studio or science lab. Currently, MakeICt members can share a 3D printer, a foam cutting machine, PCs, CNC machines and other equipment and tools.

“It’s mostly about creation, whatever that looks like,” Prichard says. It’s things that aren’t necessarily connected … except by the idea of creation and community.”

Though she teases that she may be too old for it, Prichard says MakeICT actually is for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.

“It’s not just a technology focus. It’s also the idea of community and coming together.”

Prichard says the idea of people with common interests coming together in a community to make things might be something people see on TV, “but it’s here in Wichita, and it’s happening.”

Along with help for rent and utilities, MakeICt also received money for new equipment and will have help for future planning and development.

“The part I’m excited about is the creation of a business plan,” Prichard says, “… just for sustainability so that they can grow and figure out a way to continue having this impact.”

She says the idea is for a business model to support the nonprofit idea.

Prichard says the goal is to get MakeICT a little closer to downtown, but she’s not sure where it may wind up after its lease in Delano expires.

“Hopefully that’s what the business plan will determine.”

2 Attics Antique Mall and Estate Liquidation Services to downsize

WICHITA — In 2011, Kirby Melugin told Have You Heard? he was expanding his 2 Attics Antique Mall and Estate Liquidation Services to make more room for vendors.

Now, he’s downsizing his space near 61st and Hydraulic in Park City to give himself a little bit of breathing room.

“When it’s just me, it’s just kind of hard to take care of everything,” he says.

In addition to having the store, Melugin says he’s been doing a lot of on-site estate sales.

He says he’s decided to keep the 5,000 square feet he added in 2011 because it’s a little larger than the space he originally opened.

“The main thing is, we’re not closing. We’re just downsizing.”

After Labor Day, Melugin is going to start closing the store on Mondays and Tuesdays. Now, he’s open seven days a week.

“I need a day off,” he says.

“I’m going to work smarter, let’s just put it that way.”

Ribbit Computers owner to start chain of fast casual Mediterranean restaurants

WICHITA — Alex Harb has good news and bad news, depending on your perspective.

Last fall, the Ribbit Computers owner and new Golden Corral franchisee told Have You Heard? he was considering bringing Jack in the Box to Wichita.

He’s decided not to do that, but Harb instead is going to open a fast casual Mediterranean restaurant in September.

Meddys will open in the former Jimmy’s Egg space at Harry and Rock.

“I believe that there’s a need for a fast casual Mediterranean food,” Harb says. “It’s not fast food.”

Meddys, which is kind of a nickname for the Mediterranean, will serve chicken and beef shawarma, kabobs, salad, hummus and falafel. Harb says meat will be off a spit.

“There’s nothing like it in town,” he says. “It’s extra work.”

Harb says he’s purposely keeping the menu simple.

“We’re not trying to be everything for everyone.”

Harb, who entered the restaurant business with a Raymore, Mo., Golden Corral earlier this year, says he plans to do four Meddys in the Wichita area over the next five years.

“Everybody is leaning towards the healthier food,” he says.

That’s part of the reason Harb says he decided to do Meddys instead of Jack in the Box.

“There’s plenty of places that are serving just hamburgers and tacos and everything that Jack in the Box serves.”

Harb says he likes the traffic around Harry and Rock.

“It’s pretty good exposure,” he says. “I think this location will do very well.”

Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop to move to Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Call him crazy, but J Williams is once again moving his Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop.

Crazy Jay’s is currently in about 14,500 square feet at Lincoln and Woodlawn. It’s moving to 15,000 square feet at the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in September.

This will make the fourth place the business has been since it opened in 1997 as Crazy Jay’s Bed Shop at 13th and Waco.

“What’s prompted the move (is), really, in my opinion this part of the neighborhood has really kind of died off,” Williams says.

He says a few businesses, including a diner, left the area. Williams says he’s now the primary anchor at the center he’s in.

“It’s just that there’s not a lot happening,” he says.

Williams started with 11,000 square feet at his existing space and added 3,400 square feet after Tuesday Morning moved.

“We’re kind of a happening business, and we need to be where things are happening,” he says. “It’s just kind of a logical move.”

At Parklane, he says he likes that Rent-A-Center and Basham Rent To Own also are there.

“We’re anxious to get on with the move,” Williams says.

He says the stockroom at his new space will be on a separate floor than the showroom, which is a step up from what he has now.

“The thing I never liked about this really is the stockroom is visible from the showroom.”

He says that created a warehouse feel, “which we don’t really like.”

Williams says the store, which is open seven days a week, will open in its new space around the third week of September.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Once we get this situated, I am considering a west-side mattress-only concept,” Williams says. “I’d kind of like to go back to our roots.”

He says the west side is where he lives, and it makes sense to open a store there.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on out there.”

Costco files application to build at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Webb Road

platUPDATED — Wichitans have been waiting a long time, but there’s now confirmation from Costco that the company is coming here.

The chain filed a development application to build a new store at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Webb Road.

“They’ve put in for their plat approvals,” says John Schlegel, director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department.

“They’re moving on getting things started because the plat would be the first step.”

You can view the plat in detail here.

Costco has no comment, though. A representative says Costco chairman and cofounder Jeff Brotman is the only person authorized to speak for the company. Brotman’s assistant says he’s traveling and can’t comment.

Have You Heard? first reported that Costco was interested in the Beechcraft property in 2012. No one with Costco or Beechcraft would confirm the company’s interest until Beechcraft’s then-CEO Bill Boisture inadvertently confirmed it during an interview with Aviation Week last July. The same day, Aviation Week changed its online story to say a big box store – not Costco – was coming.

The subdivision committee of the Wichita-Segwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved the plat Thursday. It will go before the full commission on Aug. 7. After that, the Wichita City Council must accept any easements or road right of ways before Costco can proceed to build.

It looks like the deal for the Beechcraft space hasn’t closed and may not until all city approvals are finalized.

The Costco confirmation comes as Sam’s Club, a direct competitor, opened its third store in Wichita. The chain already had stores on West Kellogg and on North Rock Road. A new one opened Thursday at 29th and Maize.

Schlegel said Costco’s plat does several things.

“They’re creating a property description, an address (and) showing where the easements will be,” he says. “They have to show where they’re going to make connections to the public utilities, how drainage will work for the site and where they will get access to the adjacent streets.”

Costco’s address will be 9700 E. Kellogg.

Look for more information on the new store soon.

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.”

Genesis Health Clubs purchases Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka

WICHITA — Genesis Health Clubs has added three more facilities to its growing chain of health clubs in Kansas and Missouri.

Genesis bought all of the Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka, which includes ones at 2020 NW Topeka Blvd., 2061 SE 29th St. and 2909 SW 37th St.

“I’ve been anticipating moving into the Topeka market for a long time, and excited to bring the Genesis brand to the community,” owner Rodney Steven II said in a statement.

Steven has worked with Maximus previously when he purchased Maximus clubs in Lawrence and Leavenworth in 2011.

Genesis has 18 facilities now, including clubs in Hutchinson, Emporia, Salina, Leavenworth, McPherson, St. Joseph, Mo., two in Springfield, Mo., two in Lawrence and five in Wichita.

Steven plans to remodel the new Topeka clubs.

“I look forward to providing beautiful health clubs to the city of Topeka,” Steven said. “I am fully committed to maintaining safe, clean, state-of-the-art facilities and hope to create the same great atmosphere here as we have at our other Genesis locations.”