Category Archives: West side

’Til We Meet Again closes at Towne West Square; company still in business

UPDATED – It’s a reluctant Nathan Smith who shares ’Til We Meet Again’s latest news.

“I don’t want to tell you the news,” Smith says.

He and business partner Traci Smith-Cone have closed their store at Towne West Square, though they still have three stores elsewhere and plan to add more to sell custom caskets, urns and memorials.

“We are looking to continue to grow and all of that stuff, it’s just the Wichita market … everything slowed down, especially after Christmas,” Smith says.

“The Wichita store, like, just fell off the face of the planet. So we had to make some decisions pretty quick.”

Smith says he and Smith-Cone are now trying to determine if Towne West was the issue or if it’s Wichita in general.

“The traffic’s just not there in that mall,” Smith says. “The mall’s lost a lot of people, and they’re continuing to lose more people.”

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Retail center coming to 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — The intersection of 21st and Amidon continues to get a makeover.

The gas station at the southeast corner is being demolished to make room for a small retail development.

“We’re just going to do a little mini shopping center,” says Larry Cook of Cook Construction.

“We’ve got two really great tenants that are going to go in there,” he says.

Cook says he can’t say who the tenants are just yet.

“We’re real, real close,” he says of the deals.

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QuikTrip planning two more Gen 3 stores

WICHITA — Bel Aire is two blocks shy of getting its first gas station.

QuikTrip has filed a permit for a new store at 35th and Oliver. Bel Aire begins on the northeast corner of 37th and Oliver.

“We’d like to get a QuikTrip or something like that,” says City Manager Ty Lasher. “We’d take anything.”

He says it’s not like there aren’t convenience stores in the area, though.

“They’re all very close.”

Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for Tulsa-based QuikTrip, says the company has filed permits for the Oliver store and one near K-96 and North Ridge Road.

“We would like to go there, yes,” he says. “There’s still a ways to go where I’d have dates.”

When they do open, the stores will be Generation 3 stores, which is the chain’s latest prototype with kitchens and full-service counters for food and drinks.

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Boba Zone to open this weekend

WICHITA — It’s more than a week later than planned, but the new west-side Boba Zone is opening this weekend.

Wichita’s first Boba Zone opened near 21st and North Rock Road in 2008.

The business, which bills itself as a smoothie and juice bar, Internet cafe and coffee shop, is opening its second site by Jose Pepper’s at 21st and Tyler Road.

Heartland Cardiology to move and expand its west-side space

WICHITA — Heartland Cardiology is closing on a new building Monday that will almost double its capacity on the west side.

“We saw an opportunity out west,” says CEO Barry Reynolds.

The practice, which began in 1994, has three sites across Wichita, all of which it leases.

“The first departure from leasing will be this facility,” Reynolds says. “Who knows, that may be the beginning of a trend. We’ll see.”

Heartland currently lease 4,950 square feet at 8710 W. 13th St. and has sites on Hillside across from Wesley Medical Center and in the Cypress Medical Park.

Its new west-side space will be in 8,756 square feet at 9000 W. Central, which is just west of Central and Tyler.

“It’s been medical forever,” Reynolds says of the building.

It previously was Via Christi Health space and the Wichita Clinic before that.

Reynolds says Heartland’s 13th Street lease expires on Sept. 2, so the new space will be fully functional by then.

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A Little Bit of Everything resale shop to open on west side

WICHITA — LaDonna West wants to make one thing clear about what she and her cousin, Sheri Sharp, will carry when they open their new west-side resale shop next month:

“No clothing.”

West says there are already plenty of shops for that.

A Little Bit of Everything will carry a little bit of everything else, though.

“Everything that you would buy at an estate sale pretty much,” West says.

The shop is opening June 3 at 9428 W. Central, which is between Tyler and Maize Road.

West says Sharp has already been in the business online.

“She’s been buying and selling on eBay for, like, 14 years,” West says. “She’s just accumulated so much stuff.”

The idea, West says, is “to take her hobby and turn it into revenue.”

Sharp has been living in Topeka but is moving to Wichita. In addition to the 1,400-square-foot store, West and Sharp will have an eBay store.

They’ll sell furniture, home decor, art, garden decor, linens, bedding, glass and games.

“Everybody kept asking us, ‘What are you going to sell?’” West says.

“It’s a little bit of everything, so that’s the name of the store.”

Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria owners on ‘serious’ hunt for east-side space

WICHITA — The owners of Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria are looking for east-side space in earnest, but partner Jeremy Horn says it won’t be as easy as finding a building.

“It’s going to be tough to find a building that already exists,” he says. “We’re kind of more in the mode of finding land and building new construction.”

That’s because in addition to another pizzeria, Horn says the new space will be home to a 15-barrel brew house as well.

What Horn calls his “serious” hunt likely will take six months, he says.

Horn says he wants a 15,000-square-foot building, about 10,000 square feet of which will be for the brewing operation.

“We don’t have enough space to do it on the west side.”

The restaurant and a small brewing system opened in 2011 in the former Play It Again Sports space on the southwest corner of 13th and Tyler.

Horn says the business has done “really well.”

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Crown Equipment Corp. to open in Wichita

WICHITA — Ohio-based Crown Equipment Corp., which sells, leases and services forklifts, is planning to open a Wichita office and warehouse facility this summer.

No one with the company is talking yet, but it has provided some information to the city.

The company will open in temporary space in June and then move to a 22,500-square-foot building at 2113 Southwest Blvd.

The permanent space will open in August. The company expects to employ about 20 people.

According to the company’s website, Crown “designs, manufactures, distributes, services and supports material handling products,” which it has been doing since 1956. The company “designs and manufactures 85 percent of its lift truck components, including key parts like motors, drive units, and electronic modules.”

Boba Zone to open on west side

WICHITA — Boba Zone, which opened near 21st and North Rock Road in 2008, is opening a new site on the west side.

The business, which bills itself as a smoothie and juice bar, Internet cafe and coffee shop, will open by Jose Pepper’s at 21st and Tyler Road.

Look for a June 12 grand opening date.

West-side Abuelo’s to open at Taft and Ridge Road in early 2015

WICHITA — In January, Have You Heard? reported that Abuelo’s was getting closer to a deal at a site near the Kellogg and Ridge Road corridor not far from where the new Twin Peaks is going to open.

East-side Abuelo’s manager Chuck Ouellette says we “nailed it.”

He confirms the Lubbock-based company will open its second Wichita Abuelo’s at the northeast corner of Taft and Ridge Road, which is south of Panera Bread and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and across the street from where Twin Peaks is under construction. Among other restaurants in the area is another Mexican chain, Wichita’s Carlos O’Kelly’s.

“My philosophy has always been the more restaurants you have, the more opportunities guests have,” Ouellette says. “It’s better for everyone.”

Construction will begin on the almost 8,000-square-foot building and a 1,000-square-foot patio in late summer or early fall, and the restaurant will open in the first quarter of next year. There will be seating for about 250 people, and the restaurant will employ 80 to 100 people.

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