Category Archives: West side

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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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.”

OfficeMax on West Kellogg closing due to merger

WICHITA — Stores are starting to close following the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax late last year.

The OfficeMax on West Kellogg will close on May 31.

“It’s due to the merger,” says supervisor Lynn Bradley.

She says 16 stores will close in the district that includes Kansas. California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Las Vegas are also in that district.

“We’re not sure if there will be more to come or not,” Bradley says of more closures.

She’s not sure how the other OfficeMax and Office Depot stores in Wichita will be affected.

Bradley says everything in the West Kellogg store will be sold by the time it closes, and that includes displays.

“The only thing that will be left in the store will be the lights.”

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.”

Sleep Number to open at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — A new Sleep Number store is opening at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road this summer.

The 2,500-square-foot store will open in the former Verizon Wireless space in the same center as Bella Luna Cafe.

Verizon expanded to part of the University of Phoenix’s former space. That’s in the same building as Kay Jewelers and Scottrade.

Sleep Number is part of Select Comfort Corp. of Minneapolis.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal.

Look for more information closer to the store’s opening.

Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco may remain in Pratt for ‘nostalgic value’

WICHITA — Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco owner Charlie Hoffman has died, but his popular Pratt restaurant likely will go on.

“It’s under discussion right now what exactly we’re going to do there,” says Hoffman’s son, David. “We’re going to probably keep it open.”

He says that’s knowing it won’t be profitable.

“If we did run it, it wouldn’t be for money,” Hoffman says. “We might keep it open for the nostalgic value.”

He and Tim Holmes opened Charlie’s PizzaTaco in west Wichita near Central and Tyler a couple of years ago.

They plan on expanding to other markets as well, such as Manhattan, Lawrence and Stillwater and Norman, Okla.

“We’re going to go after college towns in our part of the world,” Hoffman says. “People already know about pizza tacos.”

He can’t say how fast each market may happen.

“There’s some things that’ll probably happen this year yet,” Hoffman says. “We’ve got all the bugs worked out.”

Charlie Hoffman was helping his father run a gas station in Pratt in 1965 when he was approached by a food company to buy a $200 pizza oven. In 2011, he told Have You Heard? the company told him it would give him enough product to sell pizzas and make back his $200.

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Dandurand Drugstore to open near 21st and Ridge Road

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

WICHITA — Mike Dandurand, who opened his first Dandurand Drugstore on the east side in 1976, has always planned to have a west-side store.

However, “just the way health care is now” held him up.

“Finally, we just decided we don’t know what’s going to happen, we’re just going to do it,” he says.

The new store will be in 3,000 square feet near the northwest corner of 21st and Ridge Road where Westside Flowers by DeOrsey recently moved and Subway and Pho Chopstix already are.

“It’s going to be a hybrid,” Dandurand says of the store. “That means we’re going to do retail, but we’re also going to do compounding. … There’s a lot of pharmacies over there, but there’s not a lot of compounding pharmacies over there.”

Dandurand says that patients – anyone from premature babies to the elderly to even pets – sometimes need medicine in customized dosages, which is what compounding is for.

Dandurand’s main store is at Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock Road. Within that, there also is a long-term care pharmacy that’s strictly for people in care facilities. There’s also a Dandurand outlet inside Wichita Family Medicine Specialists at Carriage Parkway.

In 2005, Dandurand expanded from its original site at Piccadilly to new 7,500-square-foot space at the center where Brick’s used to be.

“It gave us a chance to remodel (while) still in business,” Dandurand says. He says it allowed him to update the store and “make it so it was inviting.”

It’s the same idea with the new store, which will be similar to the Dandurand at Piccadilly, though a little bit smaller.

“We’ll still have a fair amount of space for gifts,” Dandurand says.

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Metro Grill owner explains departure

WICHITA — Metro Grill owner Michael Gonzalez wasn’t available last week to discuss why he abruptly left his restaurant at the Waterfront, which his landlord said he gutted on the way out.

“There was more to it than what they said, of course,” Gonzalez says.

“I’ve been so depressed for the last couple of weeks, but life goes on.”

He says there were a number of issues that caused him to leave.

“I was expecting volume like Andover,” Gonzalez says of his former restaurant there, which someone else now owns.

He says his lunch and weekend business was great, but the rest of his sales weren’t enough.

“That was just too much of a high rent to sustain,” Gonzalez says. “But I gave it a shot.”

He says parking became a bit of an issue with the new Firebirds next door to his restaurant. Also, Gonzalez says his landlords disappointed him by not putting his restaurant on a billboard near Kellogg and Rock Road as he says they promised. He says he had been working with them to lower his rent and then received a 10-day notice to leave.

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Court orders Dave’s Pool Store auction, though Dave’s will stay in business

WICHITA — What began as a dream is now ending in an auction.

The building that Dave Scheideman had been building at 909 N. West St. to be the new home of his Dave’s Pool Store is going to be auctioned along with the contents of the store, which is still in its longtime home at 915 N. West St.

Scheideman shared his plans for a new store with Have You Heard? on Sept. 18. Four days later, he died in a motorcycle accident.

Then in October, Scheideman’s son, Brian, said he was working to keep the business running and planned to move into the new store by early winter, which is what his father originally planned.

“He was in the process of building the building,” Brian Scheideman says. “It was his lifelong dream to get it and move his store in there.”

He says there’s now a court-ordered decision that’s forcing the auction.

“He died, and all those papers were signed with the death clauses in them as far as … all the bank stuff,” Scheideman says.

“It’s come down to basically it has to be sold,” he says. “It’s just how the chips have fallen, and you know, it’s unfortunate, but it’s just one of those things.”

Scheideman won’t discuss the details behind the order.

Chuck Korte Real Estate & Auction Service will handle the March 19 auction, which will be held at what was to be the new store.

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Supplement World to open on west side

WICHITA — Dustin West and Jeff McAnarney are ready to open their second Supplement World.

It’s “time for expansion and growth,” McAnarney says.

Their first store opened at 321 S. Andover Road in Andover in May.

The new 1,600-square-foot store will open near Cenral and Ridge in front of Gordmans on Friday.

“I’m a west-sider,” McAnarney says.

While the new store will be more convenient for him, he says, it also will be more handy for a lot of Supplement World’s customers.

The store, which is an independent one and not a franchise, sells a variety of supplements for such things as sports nutrition and weight loss.

McAnarney says he and West probably won’t do other stores in Wichita, but he says, “I think that we’re looking at other markets possibly down the road.”

He adds, “Basically, we just want to thank Andover and Wichita for the great support.”