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Verizon Wireless to expand at NewMarket Square and Tallgrass Centre

WICHITA — Verizon Wireless is expanding two of its Wichita stores, which both happen to be at Slawson Cos. properties.

The chain has a new store under construction at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road, where there has been an expansion boom of late.

“We’ve had a lot of stores over the last couple of years that have expanded,” says April Reed, who handled the Verizon deals.

That includes expansions by Maurices, Personally Yours, Hallmark and Starbucks.

“We’ve been on a roll in terms of tenants expanding,” Reed says.

Verizon currently has 2,500 square feet in the same building as Bella Luna Cafe. In the first quarter of 2014, it will be moving to 5,200 square feet and taking most of the University of Phoenix’s former space. That’s in the same building as Kay Jewelers and Scottrade.

“It’ll be an updated space,” Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Hill says of the store.

Reed says there are 1,400 square feet of the former university space left to lease.

At Slawson’s Tallgrass Centre development on the southwest corner of 21st and North Rock Road, Verizon is expanding as well.

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April Reed is a dealmaker so far in 2010

WICHITA — At a time when most commercial brokers would be happy to be making any deals, April Reed of Slawson Cos. is making multiple deals.

“My phone is ringing off the hook,” she says.

So far in the new year, Reed has closed deals for White Dress, Alter Ego Fashions, Complete Nutrition and Picture Perfect to open at NewMarket Square; for Wichita Pilates Group and Zeni to open at the Shops at Tallgrass; and Sport Clips Haircuts to open at Tallgrass Centre.

She has at least one more deal coming this week and possibly a second as well.

“I think there’s a little bit of pent-up demand,” Reed says.

She says the market is more positive now than it has been.

Also, she says, “This time of year is traditionally busy for retail leasing.”

Reed says part of it is being “willing to make some deals, too.”

She adds, though, “We’re not doing any deals that don’t pencil out for us.”

Sport Clips Haircuts to open at Tallgrass Centre

WICHITA — Monique and Roger Haynes-Robertson already have one of the most successful Sport Clips Haircuts franchises in the country at NewMarket Square, and they think they’re going to have another winner by opening a new salon at Tallgrass Centre at 21st and Rock where Papa John’s Pizza used to be.

“We’ve been thinking about it since we opened the west store,” Monique Haynes-Robertson says of an east-side store.

The Haynes-Robertsons also have one in Derby.

Monique Haynes-Robertson says the Jimmy’s Egg at Tallgrass Centre is doing well there.

“That piqued my interest.”

She likes that it’s near Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods, too.

The sports-themed salon caters to men and boys only.

“It’s a busy intersection and a lot of traffic, so I think it’s ideal,” she says.

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