Category Archives: Village at Greenwich

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.”

Freebirds World Burrito set to open at Village at Greenwich

WICHITA — In September, Have You Heard? reported that Wichita’s second Freebirds World Burrito would open at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich. Next week, it will happen.

This makes the seventh restaurant for Overland Park-based Freebirds franchisee FB Midwest Development. Its first Wichita Freebirds opened in June just south of Central on Hillside.

Last fall, Freebirds regional manager Steve Perkins said business has been “fantastic.”

“Couldn’t be happier,” he said.

Perkins said the chain is “just putting feelers out and looking” around the city for other sites. He expects there to be three or four, including one on the west side and one in south Wichita toward Derby.

The restaurant is similar to Chipotle Mexican Grill and has a big focus on organic items such as grass-fed beef and hormone-free chicken.

The first 25 diners at the new Freebirds next Thursday will receive free burritos for one year.


New retail center under construction at Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich

WICHITA — With the existing 21,000-square-foot retail center fully leased at the Village at Greenwich, a new one is now under construction.

“We need more space,” says Steve Wheeler, one of the developers of the northeast corner of 21st and Greenwich.

The new 10,000-square-foot retail center is along 21st Street just west of Community Bank. The other center is along Greenwich.

“We’re feeling pretty optimistic about the area,” Wheeler says. “We’re excited about the STAR bonds and the athletic center coming in, and we’re trying to stay in front of it and make sure we have space available when people want to be up there.”

He has a dozen more acres to develop there.

In addition to the retail centers, there’s also a Staybridge Suites there and a Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites under construction.

Wheeler says he’s “kind of pleased with the whole outlook on Greenwich right now.”

That wasn’t always the case.

“Things were moving along nice, and then in ’08 and ’09 things really slowed down,” he says. “It seems to be picking back up again.”

Liquor Cabinet and Cigars & More coming to the Village at Greenwich

WICHITA — A new liquor store and cigar shop are coming to the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich.

Anisha Patel plans to open the Liquor Cabinet and Cigars & More in 3,000 square feet by Aug. 1.

“We’re going to try to push for before that,” she says.

Her brother, Jay, is doing a lot of the work to get the store ready.

Anisha Patel owns America’s Best Value Inn & Suites in Hesston. That’s kind of what inspired her to go into a new line of work.

“I want to try to trend away from a 24-hour business,” she says. “If someone doesn’t show up, you’re filling in that shift.”

She thinks the liquor store business will be more low key.

“Doesn’t require too much of a strain on the brain.”

Not that she’s giving up the hotel business.

“It’s what brought me my luck in life, so you don’t get rid of that.”

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GoRun Wichita to open second store at the Village at Greenwich

WICHITA — Less than a year after opening their first GoRun Wichita at 2556 N. Maize Road, Kevin Swinicki and Randy Mijares are opening their second store.

“We have, after careful consideration . . . decided to open an east-side GoRun Wichita,” Swinicki says.

The new store will open in late July at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich.

“We’ve done better, actually, than expected,” Mijares says of the first store, which opened in October.

He says adding a second store is a customer-driven decision. Mijares says customers repeatedly asked when he and Swinicki would open an east-side store.

“Even though we never hinted to anybody that there would be an east-side store,” he says. “I don’t know where the assumption came from. I think it’s mostly because that’s been the dynamic in this town.”

At 3,000 square feet, the new store will be double the size of the west-side store.

Mijares says it’s always a risk to open a store, but in a community where runners may have been underserved, it’s less risky to open a running specialty shop than a store that is more reliant on the general economy.

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Anytime Fitness at Village at Greenwich closes

WICHITA — The Anytime Fitness at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich has closed.

“We couldn’t hang in there anymore unfortunately,” says owner Lance McReynolds.

“We closed because we’re losing too much money.”

He opened in November 2007.

“The economy was bad right after we opened especially,” he says.

That wasn’t the main problem, McReynolds says.

“Wichita’s awful tough for small health clubs to begin with,” he says. “The YMCA’s just so powerful.”

He hoped to have more corporate memberships.

“That would have maybe pushed us through.”

McReynolds is reimbursing members who paid in advance.

“I think we’ve got everybody covered.”

McReynolds has another Anytime Fitness in St. Joseph, Mo., that he says does very well. He says that’s what enabled him to keep his Wichita club open as long as he did.

“It’s really depressing,” McReynolds says. “It was a really nice club.”

PostNet to open second Wichita store

WICHITA — Wichita’s second PostNet is going to open in a few months at Auburn Pointe, an Occidental Management property at 135th West and Maple.

Jim and Liz Anderson opened the first PostNet, a FedEx Office competitor, at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich in late 2008.

The Andersons are helping Ron and Bonnie Fehr open the west-side PostNet.

“We’re helping to grow the area in Kansas,” Liz Anderson says. “We want them to be successful. It’s all part of the program.”

Even though the Andersons opened at a tough time, they’ve had success.

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