Category Archives: West side

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.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal. Read More »

A&W to open in front of Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road in June

WICHITA — As Eric Estes is getting ready to build his first Wichita Qdoba Mexican Grill where Yen Ching Chinese Restaurant & Club will close at Central and Rock, his first Wichita A&W is getting closer to opening.

“I think it’s the longest lasting restaurant brand since 1919,” Estes says. “It’s the granddaddy of all restaurant brands as far as heritage and age.”

The restaurant is opening in front of Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road.

“It’s a neat concept,” Estes says. “We’ll be making the root beer fresh … every day.”

There will be frosted mugs, too.

Estes says lots of people seem to remember the “family” of burgers the chain once was known for, with a Mama, Papa and Baby burger.

“They were really famous for that.”

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Whole Foods Market will be called that instead of Bread & Circus

UPDATED — As expected, Wichita will not have to live with the Bread & Circus name that drew so many complaints.

Its new Whole Foods Market at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road will be called by that name, which is what most people called it anyway.

As GreenAcres Market owner Barb Hoffmann hinted last month, she negotiated with the organic food chain over the name.

GreenAcres Market owners John and Barb Hoffmann are changing the names of their three Whole Foods Association stores to GreenAcres Market and letting Whole Foods Market at the Waterfront have that name.

GreenAcres Market owners John and Barb Hoffmann are changing the names of their three Whole Foods Association stores to GreenAcres Market and letting Whole Foods Market at the Waterfront have that name.

In January, Hoffmann purchased the Wichita Whole Foods Association stores, which have no affiliation with the larger chain.

“We have great respect for what Rene Shelton and her family have built under the Whole Foods Association name, and we don’t take that lightly,” Hoffmann said in a release. “This was a very hard decision, but we feel, moving forward, it is best for our customers to have a united offering and a unified GreenAcres brand. We are glad we reached an amicable agreement with Whole Foods Market and both parties are excited to turn more and more Wichita shoppers on to natural and organic foods and the quality products both our companies stand for.”

Hoffmann says she and Whole Foods Market each agreed not to say anything beyond what was in both of their news releases.

Three Whole Foods Association stores will change their names to GreenAcres by late summer. That includes stores in Normandie at Central and Woodlawn, in the Clear Lakes shopping center near 21st and Amidon and near 21st and Maize Road. Hoffmann already was in the process of changing two Health Food Center stores in Oklahoma to the GreenAcres name.

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Wichita’s first Pie Five Pizza to open in late summer near Maple and Ridge

WICHITA — Late last year Applebee’s franchisee Jim Stevens told Have You Heard? that he planned to bring Pie Five Pizza to Wichita, and now he’s doing it.

Stevens’ first Wichita Pie Five will go on the lot south of his Applebee’s near Maple and Ridge Road, and it will be the first freestanding Pie Five for the Dallas-based national chain.

“I looked all over,” Stevens says of trying to find a strip center to open in. “There was nothing available.”

Stevens, who has franchise rights in Wichita and Omaha, will break ground on the 2,500-square-foot restaurant Monday.

Originally, Stevens says he had planned to do another restaurant concept, but former Applebee’s president Dave Goebel convinced him otherwise.

“I was talking to him about a different concept, and he said, ‘Well, you might want to take a look at Pie Five,’” Stevens says. “Dave is really a straight shooter.”

Stevens says he was impressed with the chain.

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Party Zone Supply Store to open later than planned but in a larger space

WICHITA — It’s later than planned, but Party Zone Supply Store is still opening at the new Moonridge Plaza center near 29th and Tyler.

Imran Manzoor, whose parents own the center, says he hoped to open the store before Easter, but he decided to expand it first.

“We just needed more room,” he says.

Initially, he’d planned a 3,000-square-foot store but now is going to open in more than 4,000 square feet to have extra room for year-round costumes. Originally, the store was going to sell them around Halloween only.

Manzoor says it made sense to do the extra construction before attempting to open the store, which he hopes will be in three or four weeks.

“We’re going to try to give everybody what they need,” he says. “It’s going to be (a) learning process for us.”

Manzoor says he knows he can’t carry everything, but he says, “The more feedback we get from people … it will change quite a bit from this year to next year.”

Wen Health and Wellness moving near 13th and Zoo Boulevard

WICHITA — Chih-Chen Wen must move his Wen Health and Wellness because his landlord has sold the building where his business is located, but he doesn’t mind.

“We’re going to have a better location … for patients,” he says.

The clinic offers acupuncture and massage therapy and likely will add yoga and wraps at the new space.

Currently, the clinic is near 13th and Maize Road. By the end of the month, it will be in its new 1,400-square-foot space at 4415 W. Zoo Blvd. That’s just south of 13th and Zoo, which Wen says is easier access than where he is now.

The space is also bigger, which Wen says will allow for larger treatment rooms and will be “more comfy.”

The additional space also means the clinic can now serve wedding parties and others who want to have group events.

“We’re going to make it a little more upscale so that the patients have a better experience,” Wen says.

Look for news about an open house soon.