Ross Dress For Less signs for east-side store a week after inking west-side deal

WICHITA — East-siders, Ross Dress For Less has not forgotten you.

Last week, Have You Heard? reported the discount chain is opening in 25,000 square feet of the former Circuit City space on West Kellogg.

Now, the national retailer has signed a deal for the 25,000 square feet Barnes & Noble is vacating at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

The bookstore’s last day in business there is Dec. 30. A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman previously said the chain decided to consolidate its Wichita stores into one location at Bradley Fair.

Ross Dress For Less will take possession of the building in February. Remodeling should take two or three months.

“It’s great for the center,” says Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos., who is one of the brokers who handled the deal.

With stores such as Friends Fashion and T.J. Maxx already at Eastgate, Boyd says there’s a nice cluster of clothing shops.

“It’s kind of becoming more of a fashion-centric center.”

Boyd says Ross Dress For Less’ two leases here also represent growth nationally and confidence in Wichita.

Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate and Randi Lefko of R.H. Johnson in Kansas City also were involved in the deal.

Barnes & Noble on East Kellogg to close

WICHITA — Not unexpectedly, Barnes & Noble is closing its store on East Kellogg on Dec. 30.

That’s the end of the store’s lease at Eastgate Plaza, which is at Kellogg and Rock.

A company spokeswoman says in 2007, the chain decided to consolidate its Wichita stores into one location at Bradley Fair.

That store, which moved from another North Rock Road site, opened in April 2008.

Tangible Books to open in downtown Wichita this spring

WICHITA — So, you want to start a new business. What’s your first step?

Create a Facebook account, apparently. They’re not just for campaigning for out-of-state retailers to come here.

Friends Jason Franz, Nathan Filbert and Kacy Crider created a Facebook account for Tangible Books, a 24-hour bookstore and cafe they hope to open downtown.

They already have almost 500 people on the account who say they like the idea.

Their projected September opening probably isn’t going to happen, though.

Spring is looking more likely.

“We’re going to hopefully have a bookstore that the main focus is on literature,” Franz says.

He doesn’t want the kind of books that make bestseller lists, though.

Franz says he wants quality European and American literature that’s not necessarily so popular.

“You would be able to throw a rock in the bookstore and hit a really good book.”

But where to throw?

The partners haven’t selected a site yet. Franz says they’d prefer somewhere along Douglas Avenue or Commerce Street.

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