Auburn Spirits to expand at Auburn Pointe

WICHITA – Gary Oborny and Frank Sauerwein are expanding their Auburn Spirits liquor store in time for the busy holiday season.

The two opened the store in 2008 at Oborny’s Auburn Pointe shopping center at the southeast corner of 135th and Maple, which his Occidental Management manages.

Auburn Spirits currently is in 4,800 square feet and is adding an additional 1,600 square feet from where Java Salon used to be. The salon moved to Central and Maize earlier this year.

With the new space, Auburn Spirits will expand its selection of liquor, wine and beer.

“We’re really excited about having more craft beer options for customers,” says marketing manager Emilee Clark.

She says customers will now be able to assemble their own six packs.

“It’s the easy way to not commit to the entire six pack but just be able to try different things.”

Also, the extra square footage means the store will be able to double its storage space.

“Storage is huge in the liquor industry to be able to offer good deals,” Clark says.

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Empower Martial Arts to open at Auburn Pointe at 135th and Maple

WICHITA — A new martial arts school is opening in Occidental Management’s Auburn Pointe development at 135th and Maple.

Chief Master Stephen Westbrook, an eighth-degree black belt, is opening Empower Martial Arts in early October.

He also has a school in Overland Park, as does Noeu Chan, who manages the schools.

“Our main base is teaching Songahm taekwondo,” Chan says.

That’s a traditional form. Chan says the goal is to teach attitude, discipline and confidence.

He says students “can go anywhere and learn punching and kicking.”

“Our school takes it one step further. We want to be leaders of today.”

There are 1,200 Empower Martial Arts schools nationally.

Matt Hahn, one of Chan’s students, will run the Wichita school.

“We want to offer a state-of-the-art training facility,” Chan says.

He says he likes Auburn Pointe for its visibility and cleanliness. Chan says he wants to get away from the image of a martial arts studio being in a less-than-desirable neighborhood.

Occidental president Gary Oborny handled the deal.

The school has classes for all ages, starting at age 3.

Chan says the Auburn Pointe site won’t be the only Empower Martial Arts in Wichita.

“We’re planning on opening a few more in the Wichita area.”

 

Physiotherapy Associates to open at Auburn Pointe

UPDATED — Physiotherapy Associates, which has more than 650 sites nationally, is coming to Wichita for the first time in early September.

The Pennsylvania-based company is taking 2,000 square feet at Occidental Management’s Auburn Pointe development at 135th West and Maple.

Occidental’s Chad Stafford and Bree Kelley handled the deal. Bradley and Brandon Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Co. represented Physiotherapy Associates.

The company provides outpatient physical therapy and has an orthotics and prosthetics division as well.

Initially, the clinic will have a physical therapist and an athletic trainer.

Physiotherapy Associates also is looking to add two more clinics in the Wichita area.

Stafford, Occidental’s president, says another restaurant is in the works for Auburn Pointe, where Great Wall, Scooter’s Coffeehouse and Subway already are and Papa Murphy’s is coming.

That leaves only one space left to lease at the 5-year-old, 36,540-square-foot center.

Papa Murphy’s coming to Auburn Pointe

WICHITA — There’s a Papa Murphy’s coming to Auburn Pointe, Occidental Management’s almost 40,000-square-foot development at 135th West and Maple.

This leaves only three spaces left at the 4-year-old center.

Occidental chairman and CEO Gary Oborny handled the deal, and Troy Farha of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented the Papa Murphy’s corporation.

Oborny says the new restaurant, which has what it calls “take ‘n’ bake” pizzas, will feature the chain’s new sign design.

“They have a really cool new sign design.”

Shops at MarketPlace lands four tenants

WICHITA — In today’s economy, it’s a gamble to build a speculative shopping center and hope to find tenants for it, but it’s a move that’s paying off for Paul Jackson.

The Vantage Point Properties developer has Andover MarketPlace, a 140-acre development on the southeast corner of Kellogg and Andover Road in Andover.

In May, Jackson began building the Shops at MarketPlace, a 14,000-square-foot center next to Dillons Marketplace.

He now has four tenants to announce:

Scooter’s Coffeehouse, which will have 1,400 square feet and a drive-through on the north end of the center.

H&R Block, which will have 1,400 square feet.

Martinizing Dry Cleaning, which will have 1,400 square feet.

Spa Pedicure, which will have 1,200 square feet.

“We have a nice amount of interest in the remaining space,” Jackson says. “We feel like it’s been a good decision to build that.”

When Jackson first bought the property several years ago, his plan was to hold it for the long term.

“We weren’t looking to develop it immediately.”

Dillons wanted to expand with a Marketplace concept, though, and the YMCA decided to build a new branch about the same time.

“They just came into play a lot earlier than we expected them,” Jackson says. “Once those started, we started full speed into the development process.”

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Weekend update, Have You Heard? style

WICHITA — A few businesses that Have You Heard? previously reported on are in various stages of opening or reopening.

– The newly remodeled Toys “R” Us store at 8011 E. Kellogg is having a grand reopening this weekend as it debuts the new Babies “R” Us store at the same site.

“This store format provides an exceptional shopping convenience for time-strapped parents, who are shopping for children of various ages,” spokeswoman Katelyn DeRogatis said when first telling us the news in May.

– The official grand opening won’t be until the weekend of Sept. 11, but Personally Yours is opening today at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

Previously, the shop was at 21st and Tyler.

Linda Webb’s boutique for women and babies specializes in personalization of gifts through embroidery.

Ron and Bonnie Fehr are opening the second Wichita PostNet on Sept. 1 at Auburn Pointe at 135th West and Maple.

Jim and Liz Anderson opened the first PostNet, a FedEx Office competitor, at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich in late 2008.

–Finally, Jan Munroe and her sister-in-law, Jo Degner, have opened their Material Girls Quilt Shoppe in the Travel Air Building in Delano.

In addition to retail sales, Material Girls will offer classes.

Lee’s Bike Shop to open at Auburn Pointe Friday

WICHITA –In the final bit of Auburn Pointe news of the day, Lee Engler plans to open his Lee’s Bike Shop there (as Have You Heard? previously reported) on Friday.

The former landscape architect for WDM Architects plans a soft opening with a grand opening to follow May 22.

Martinizing Dry Cleaning to open at Auburn Pointe

WICHITA — Also at Occidental Management’s Auburn Pointe, where PostNet will be opening, Nancy and Mark Staal are opening their second Martinizing Dry Cleaning.

“We like the demographics,” Nancy Staal says of the area.

Their first store opened almost four years ago at Siena Plaza at 37th North and Rock.

The 1,000-square-foot Auburn Pointe store will open in mid-May.

Occidental chairman Gary Oborny handled the deal. Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Martinizing.

Nancy Staal says more locations are likely.

“We’ll do maybe up to four . . . locations total.”