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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.

Group of former InnerWorks Holistic Health Center practitioners start the Body Studio

WICHITA — A group of former InnerWorks Holistic Health Center practitioners who massage therapist Amber Davey says “were kind of just thrust out into the world” are starting their own place.

Before it closed, InnerWorks was home to about a dozen practitioners who offered services related to alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, kinesiology, massage and yoga.

Davey says InnerWorks closed when the owners of its space at 3425 W. Central sold the building.

Now she and massage therapists Heidi Barker and Courtney Bensch and personal trainer Renee Clark, who has GetFit Personal Training, are starting the Body Studio in the Maple Street Mini Mall at 4800 W. Maple.

Former InnerWorks body worker Vickie Carter is joining them as well.

Davey says the practitioners have known for a long time that they may lose their InnerWorks space, but the hope was the new owners of the building might want to continue it. When that didn’t happen, she says it was a quick 30 days that she and the other Body Studio owners swung into gear and got their new space. Davey says they all work well together and are friends in addition to colleagues.

The Body Studio will offer yoga, including group and specialty classes and private classes. A couple of yoga instructors from InnerWorks will be there along with a new instructor. There also will be meditation classes.

In addition, the Body Studio will rent 650 square feet of its 2,400 square feet for others to use.

“We’re just doing it for health and wellness professionals,” Davey says.

She says that might be someone who wants to offer continuing education classes or yoga instruction workshops.

“We know a lot of people who are like us.”

The practitioners have been helping former InnerWorks clients in the transition, but they’ll officially welcome new clients at a grand opening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 1.

Nahola Fitness Center and pickleball court to open on West Central

WICHITA — The owners of Adventure Planet Child Care Center along with another partner are targeting adults for their next adventure.

Nahola Fitness Center is opening at 5228 W. Central, which is behind Adventure Planet and just east of Interstate 235.

“We’re trying to get a place that older people (can) hang out and socialize,” says Kayla Keuter.

She says the idea is to exercise and have fun. A big way she and her partners think members can have fun is through pickleball, which Keuter says is “the new, upcoming sport, especially for older adults.”

Nahola will have a pickleball court. Keuter explains the sport as tennis on a badminton court. It’s played with a plastic ball and wooden paddles

“One of my partners and I have always wanted to do this,” Keuter says.

She calls it an exciting, competitive game.

The 6,000-square-foot fitness center will have an exercise area, personal trainers, a separate room for yoga and training and, eventually, a massage room.

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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.”