Absolute Natural Stones starts landscaping design and installation division

WICHITA — Absolute Natural Stones owners Ammar and Nazir Jesri are adding yet another division to their company.

Last week, the two announced they would add a Taylor Rental franchise when they moved their business to expanded space at 12225 E. Kellogg next year.

In August, they started My RV Time Share.

Now, the Jesris are adding a landscaping design and installation division.

“We finally decided … it’s the right time,” Nazir Jesri says. “The opportunity’s here, so we said, OK, let’s do it.”

He says the company’s new 12,000-square-foot building is allowing for the division’s creation.

“We’re going to have some room to breathe,” Jesri says. “We’ve been thinking about (this) for several years.”

Part of the reason is the division complements what they’re already doing with stonework.

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Absolute Natural Stones owners will open a Taylor Rental dealership at the company’s new headquarters

Nazir (left) and Ammar Jesri in the field on East Kellogg where they’re moving their Absolute Natural Stones.

WICHITA — Brothers Ammar and Nazir Jesri have been desperately trying to leave their Absolute Natural Stones space at 10909 E. Kellogg to make room for the city to widen the road, but there’s been one thing that’s kept them from opening at their new space:

The city.

“We had to work things out with the city, and today we got a building permit,” Nazir Jesri says.

The Jesris will build a 12,000-square-foot building on 10 acres at 12225 E. Kellogg.

“We were supposed to be in by now,” Nazir Jesri says. “We ended up losing some money by not being there.”

When the business opens in its new space, the Jesris will debut a new business as well.

“We’re bringing in a franchise called Taylor Rental,” Nazir Jesri says.

The dealership is part of True Value, the Chicago-based company that has hardware stores of the same name.

Jesri says the rental business rents general tools and equipment, such as tractors, forklifts and special kinds of saws, for home and commercial use.

“It’ll complement our business,” he says.

For instance, a customer of his might buy flagstone from Absolute Natural Stones but then go elsewhere to rend a sod cutter and compacter to make a base to put the stone in. Jesri says it makes sense to get everything in one place.

The companies will be separate entities but in the same space.

There will be a party rental side of the business as well for tents, chairs, tables and tablecloths among other things.

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Absolute Natural Stones to move farther east on East Kellogg and expand

Nazir (left) and Ammar Jesri in the field on East Kellogg where they’re moving their Absolute Natural Stones.

WICHITA — A decade after opening Absolute Natural Stones, Ammar and Nazir Jesri are going to quit leasing and move their business to property they own.

“Finally,” Nazir Jesri says.

The business, along with sister company BidKansas.com, currently is on about two and a half acres they lease at 10909 E. Kellogg. The city is buying half the property for further Kellogg expansion.

The Jesris will keep prime Kellogg frontage by moving to more than 10 acres at 12225 E. Kellogg, which is just east of Lowe’s and next door to Public Storage.

In addition to more room, Ammar Jesri says the new property will allow more options.

“We can introduce more … businesses,” he says.

The Jesris have a master plan that they’re going to introduce in phases.

“We’re not going to be able to do it all at once,” Ammar Jesri says.

They hope to buy stone and other materials that aren’t completely processed so they can finish them themselves with cutting and light fabrication.

“We want to be able to produce it ourselves,” Ammar Jesri says.

“There’s opportunities for a lot of different things,” Nazir Jesri says.

That potentially includes granite countertops.

“It complements our business,” Nazir Jesri says. “Hopefully it is something we will be able to add.”

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BidKansas.com auction is back in business

Nazir Jesri, left, and his brother Ammar Jesri of Absolute Natural Stones are now running an online auction company at their store on East Kellogg.

UPDATED — Brothers Nazir and Ammar Jesri, who own Absolute Natural Stones, are reviving an online auction company they incorporated in 2009.

“We just brought it back to life,” Nazir Jesri says of Auction House LLC, which does business as BidKansas.com. “We’re starting that with a bang.”

He says “it’s like eBay, but it’s right here.”

Jesri says he used to use Purple Wave for online auctions.

“I was using the auctions to auction stone in the off season,” he says. “We lost money the first two auctions, but I kept at it.”

Eventually, he says, Purple Wave informed him that what he was selling was too small to continue trying to sell through its site.

“By the time they dropped us … we were doing really good.”

After looking for other options and not finding anything he thought would work, Jesri decided to start his own company.

“We did a little research, and we found an auction software company that leases the software,” he says.

Next, he negotiated for warehouse space to start the business. When that didn’t immediately work out, he decided to wait on the idea.

Since then, he’s decided he doesn’t need to take possession of merchandise to be auctioned, so he doesn’t need a warehouse. The business will be based at the stone company, which is at 10909 E. Kellogg.

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