T-Mobile the Phone Zone enters Wichita

WICHITA — A new T-Mobile retailer is entering the Wichita market with plans for at least six locations.

Readi Connections, which does business as T-Mobile the Phone Zone, bought an existing T-Mobile outlet at Towne East Square this month and is preparing to open one in Andover Village at 321 S. Andover in April.

Missouri residents Chris Michael and his mother, Melissa, had been in commercial real estate previously.

“We bought out one of our tenants and saw the great potential with wireless,” Chris Michael says.

They’re planning to open 25 stores in the next 36 months in a six-state region.

Michael says they decided to come to Wichita in part because the T-Mobile signal is strong here.

“It’s extremely strong,” he says.

Michael says the Towne East store was a good starting point.

“I felt like that had a really strong retail presence in it and some really strong growth potential as a store.”

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Plaza Barbers in Andover to move, expand

WICHITA — Another business is moving to Andover Village at 321 S. Andover Road.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Computers Plus would relocate there.

Now, Dave Tingley is moving his Plaza Barbers there.

He’s been in about 800 square feet at 616 N. Andover Road for seven years.

Joining Tingley will be his father, Virgil, who today closed his Virgil’s Barber Shop, which he had for 17 years.

“He reached a point in his life where he kind of wants to do it part time,” Tingley says of his father.

“It’s something we’ve talked about for a couple of years,” he says. “The timing seems right.”

They’ll both continue to offer traditional barber services.

“We still want to keep it comfortable for our older generation,” Tingley says.

He’s also adding salon services such as manicures, waxing and possibly massage.

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