Panda Express to open at Derby Marketplace

WICHITA — Panda Express is going to open a third Wichita-area restaurant, this time in Derby.

The fast casual concept will go in the Derby Marketplace at Meadowlark and Rock Road. Panda will be in 2,350 square feet on the opposite end of the building where Starbucks is.

There’s another 3,200 square feet left to lease in the building.

The California-based Panda entered the Wichita market in 2010 with stores on Maize Road in front of Academy Sports & Outdoors and at One Kellogg Place on East Kellogg.

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons represents the chain in the Wichita area.

Panda is similar to Chipotle in that diners walk through a line and first select a starch — steamed or fried rice or chow mein — and vegetables followed by two to three entrees.

Entrees consist of traditional Chinese dishes such as kung pao chicken, sweet-and-sour pork and beef and broccoli.

Look for more details on the Derby Panda as they become available.

Academy Sports & Outdoors to open by Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road

UPDATED — The east side has the new Cabela’s store at 21st and Greenwich, but the west side will have another sports and outdoor retail shop of its own.

Academy Sports & Outdoors finalized a deal Thursday to locate in more than 73,000 square feet just north of the Lowe’s near 29th and Maize Road.

That’s just under the 80,000 square feet Cabela’s has.

“We consider ourselves to be a sports, outdoors and lifestyle retailer,” says spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook.

It was summer 2010 when Have You Heard? first reported that the Texas-based chain was looking to possibly come to Wichita.

The store will have a range of hunting, fishing and camping equipment in addition to sports and leisure products, including footwear and apparel among other things.

Cabela’s is just one of Academy Sports & Outdoors’ competitors. Hasbrook says the store will compete with smaller retailers as well.

“What’s great about Academy is you can get all those (products) in one place.”

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