Category Archives: West side

Sara Lee Bakery Outlet to move to Lexington Square

WICHITA — A new Sara Lee Bakery Outlet is opening on the west side, and the one at 2536 S. Southeast Dr. is closing.

“We’re basically moving that store over to the new site,” says retail sales manager Ray Christ.

The store will open in about a month at Mike Hampton’s Lexington Square at the southwest corner of Maple and Maize.

The outlet, which is owned by Mexico-based Bimbo Bakeries, sells baked goods such as bread and cakes. It carries a number of brands, such as Sara Lee, Rainbo and Oroweat.

“We’re naming it Sara Lee because that’s a recognized brand here in Wichita,” Christ says.

The company operates as Bimbo in Topeka, which is where the Wichita products are made.

Christ says if he says Bimbo here, Wichitans “look at you cross eyed. What’s Bimbo?”

“It hasn’t really spread down here to Wichita yet.”

Until about a year ago, Bimbo had a Rainbo Bakery next to the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet on Southeast Drive.

“We closed the bakery just because it was old, rundown and not worth investing the capital to put new equipment in there,” Christ says.

The company then put the property up for sale, and it sold more quickly than expected.

Christ says the Sara Lee on Southeast Drive has to close Sept. 22.

“We’re trying to keep everything progressing as rapidly as possible so there’s not any lost time, if any.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

There’s a second Sara Lee in the Indian Hills Shopping Center at 13th and Meridian.

Christ says an east-side outlet is possible in the future as well.

At Lexington Square, where Sara Lee will join Yoder Meats and Ultimate Avon Beauty Center, Hampton owns Rolling Hills Wine & Spirits.

He says he’s always joked about having beer, beef and beauty at the center.

“And now we’re going to be able to say bread,” Hampton says. “I thought it was kind of funny.”

Citizens Bank of Kansas opens new office

WICHITA — Jane Deterding, chairman of her family’s Citizens Bank of Kansas, has a new office. Depending on who she’s talking to, Deterding refers to the office in one of a few ways.

Though it’s technically an executive office for Deterding and her brother-in-law, CEO Mark Keeny, Deterding doesn’t like to refer to it as such.

“We’re not executive office kind of people,” she said. “It sounds a little hoity-toity.”

The 1,700-square-foot space is at 417 S. 119th St. West, which is behind the center where Kanai and Twelve Restaurant are.

“The working title became the Bat Cave, which I love but sounds a little awkward,” Deterding says.

The Dugout was in the running, too.

“The one we settled on was the West Wing.”

She still lapses into calling it the Bat Cave in certain company, though.

Deterding had been working out of the Citizens Bank at 13th and Tyler.

Keeny divides his time between Wichita and Kingman.

“Mark and I were doing, as we should, more future planning, developing and strategizing and not lending, and we need space for lenders,” Deterding says.

She and Keeny will be at the new office along with an executive assistant.

Foulston Construction did the build out.

Deterding says there’s one as-of-yet unclaimed office and a nice conference room.

“In March, we’ll have the TV on for basketball,” she says. Deterding says she doesn’t mind if others – meaning nonexecutives and nonbank employees – come and watch, too.

“Sure.”

RCF Investments, a family entity, owns the building. The bank will rent from RCF, which is a subsidiary of Rock Chalk Farms Inc. That’s farming land the family has in Reno County.

Deterding says she likes that restaurants such as Twelve are just around the corner for happy hour.

“You know, until we get our own bar set up.”

Sake to open in former Taiwan Restaurant

WICHITA — The 2-year-old Taiwan Restaurant in the Sweetbriar shopping center at 21st and Amidon has closed, but the owner is opening a new restaurant in its place.

Lin Jason says he had a buffet at the restaurant but decided he has too much buffet competition.

Instead, he’s converting the restaurant from a Chinese buffet to a Japanese restaurant called Sake. There will be no buffet.

In addition to changing the concept, Jason says he’s painting and refreshing the space as well and should be ready to open it around November.

Sneak peek of Wichita’s first Pie Five Pizza

Wichita’s new Pie Five Pizza opens Friday next to the Applebee’s at Maple and Ridge.

This is the first of at least three Pie Fives that franchisee Jim Stevens, who also is the Applebee’s franchisee, plans for Wichita. The second will open at NewMarket Square. Stevens is close to announcing the third site as well.

In the meantime, Pie Five area director Joe Chandler a sneak peek of the restaurant from a VIP lunch Stevens hosted Tuesday.

 

Ultra Modern Pool & Patio will have new west-side warehouse

WICHITA — A storm last summer is leading to a new warehouse this summer for Ultra Modern Pool & Patio.

Co-owner Rita Rowlen says “it just looked like a tornado had hit” her west-side warehouse after a “92-mile-an-hour wind came straight through” and “it took off the entire roof” along with a wall.

“It just took the wall and rolled it over like a domino,” she says. “The garage door was just all crinkled up.”

The 8,000-square-foot warehouse at 1501 S. Tyler was full of more than $1 million in hot tubs and patio furniture.

“It was raining cats and dogs that night,” Rowlen says.

She says she and her employees spent hours packing 40-foot storage units with the products.

“We just lined them up. Boom, boom, boom.”

Then they had to unbox them in a dry place and inspect them and then sell the merchandise at a discount. Otherwise, Rowlen says, “We would have had empty stores.”

However, she says they might have chosen that with the benefit of hindsight.

“The excess workload was unbelievable.”

Now, a new 8,000-square-foot warehouse under construction at the site of the west-side store at 8100 W. Kellogg should allow for more efficiency than the old one, Rowlen says.

“We’ve kind of had to jump through some hoops with the city of Wichita to get permitting,” she says.

The new warehouse is being added to an existing 5,000-square-foot one.

“We had to really kind of think out of the box,” Rowlen says.

She expects it to be built by fall, “and we should be smiling a lot more.”

Forever French Nails & Organic Spa to open second spa near 21st and Ridge

WICHITA — The almost 4-year-old Forever French Nails & Organic Spa is expanding with a second site.

“We’re doing really well,” says Ken Tran.

Forever French Nails is at 375 S. Maize near Maple and Maize

The second one will be in 1,400 square feet at 7447 W. 21st St. near 21st and Ridge.

Tran says he wanted a larger space but decided to take this availability because he thinks it’s such a good spot.

“Everything’s going to be the same,” he says of the organic manicures and pedicures Forever French Nails offers.

“We use a lot of fruit,” Tran says.

That includes lime, orange and grapefruit. He says he also uses sugar and oatmeal for treatments.

“We also use honey in scrubs.”

Look for the new spa to open in early October.

Tran says he’d like to open more.

“If I can later on.”

Town & Country will remain open until God or the highway intervene

WICHITA — The rumors are once again swirling that Town & Country might close.

“As far as we know, we’re not going anywhere,” says Sharon Conover, who owns the popular restaurant with her husband, Larry.

The restaurant, which opened in 1957, is on West Kellogg near Interstate 235.

Last summer, Larry Conover explained that eventually the restaurant would be torn down to make room for a highway bypass, but he said he was starting to wonder if it would even happen in his lifetime.

Sharon Conover says a few months ago it looked like it might happen so the state could make room for some utilities.

“Then whatever problem it was disappeared,” she says. “Last we heard … it’s going to be a very long time away.”

Of course, she says, something else could always happen.

“I mean, God may intervene. Who knows?”

Abuelo’s west-side deal gets inked

UPDATED — The deal for the new west-side Abuelo’s has closed.

“When we talked last, we had a gentleman’s agreement,” says Chuck Ouellette, manager of the chain’s east-side restaurant. “Now it’s all signed and delivered.”

Construction will start soon on the almost 8,000-square-foot restaurant, which will be at the northeast corner of Taft and Ridge Road. That’s south of Panera Bread and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and across the street from where Twin Peaks is under construction.

“The revitalization of the west side is growing, and that area is fantastic,” Ouellette says.

There also will be a 1,000-square-foot patio with the new Abuelo’s.

“This one’s going to be covered,” Ouellette says.

There will be a stage at the patio as well.

“So we can do some live music out there,” Ouellette says. “It’s going to be cool.”

Inside, the restaurant will feature some new design elements for the chain, including some skylight.

“The plans are in the city right now,” says Randy Simon, one of the property owners who also owns Panera and is a partner in Freddy’s.

Simon says Abuelo’s is “a higher-end concept that I think will bring … new people to the intersection.”

The restaurant should open in early spring.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal. Saville also is going to handle leasing on an additional 8,400 square feet of space that will be attached to the Abuelo’s space.

That could include retail or office users and possibly one more small restaurant concept, but Simon says he’d want to choose something that wouldn’t compete with the other concepts already there.

“We’d like to keep the rest of that pretty secure.”

Hair & Shampoo Center to close

WICHITA — The more than 20-year-old Hair & Shampoo Center near the southeast corner of 21st and Maize is closing.

“It’s a shame,” says employee Lisa Moody. “We’re a big, busy shop, and we’ve got tons of clients.”

Moody says salon owner Randy King had a stroke earlier this year.

“We have been running the shop …in the meantime,” she says of herself and some other employees.

Moody says a few of those employees looked at buying the business and continuing it.

“It’s just not going to work out,” she says.

There are usually about a dozen stylists working in the shop, and there’s a separate area for children, which Moody says has helped make it a popular salon.

She says the last day of business is Aug. 13.

“It’s all coming to a close.”

Beauty First to consolidate Wichita stores

WICHITA — The east-side Beauty First near the southwest corner of 21st and Rock is going out of business.

“Basically, our business is stronger on the west side,” says Lee Rogers, vice president of operations. “We had an opportunity to consolidate both.”

The opportunity arose from the store’s landlord having new plans for the space.

Rogers says there’s “not much to it – just your traditional business consolidation.”

The chain’s west-side store is at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

“We’ve been in the community a very long time,” Rogers says. “We’re a much smaller company than we once were.”

He says the idea is to “save a few pennies and … recognize where we are in today’s world.”

Look for more information soon about a new development that will take Beauty First’s place.