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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