Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita to open in former Sportsman’s Warehouse

UPDATED — More than four years after Sportsman’s Warehouse closed its east Wichita store, a new business is opening there.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita will open at the site in One Kellogg Place, which is just east of Kellogg and Greenwich, this fall.

“It took me two years to get this building bought,” says Jay Storey, president of Wichita Furniture.

In addition to being an Ashley Furniture licensee, Wichita Furniture is the parent company of Furniture on Consignment.

Storey says the 55,000-square-foot building at One Kellogg Place had gone through a couple of different holding companies that purchased it with a bundle of other buildings.

“Their business was to lease properties, and we wanted to own property,” Storey says. “We’re here to stay.”

Storey opened his first Ashley Furniture store near 21st and Maize Road in 2002.

“There was a need out there that we filled,” he says.

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West-side Abuelo’s to open at Taft and Ridge Road in early 2015

WICHITA — In January, Have You Heard? reported that Abuelo’s was getting closer to a deal at a site near the Kellogg and Ridge Road corridor not far from where the new Twin Peaks is going to open.

East-side Abuelo’s manager Chuck Ouellette says we “nailed it.”

He confirms the Lubbock-based company will open its second Wichita Abuelo’s at the northeast corner of Taft and Ridge Road, which is south of Panera Bread and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and across the street from where Twin Peaks is under construction. Among other restaurants in the area is another Mexican chain, Wichita’s Carlos O’Kelly’s.

“My philosophy has always been the more restaurants you have, the more opportunities guests have,” Ouellette says. “It’s better for everyone.”

Construction will begin on the almost 8,000-square-foot building and a 1,000-square-foot patio in late summer or early fall, and the restaurant will open in the first quarter of next year. There will be seating for about 250 people, and the restaurant will employ 80 to 100 people.

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Poe & Associates to move to Phil Ruffin’s Delano building near Douglas and McLean

WICHITA — Phil Ruffin has landed a new tenant for the same building where the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services moved in Delano.

That’s the former Davis Furniture building to the west of Douglas and McLean.

Consulting engineering firm Poe & Associates is taking 4,000 square feet in the building.

“That fills up that building,” Ruffin says. “We’re happy to have them. Very nice firm.”

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Ruffin also owns the vacant space on the corner, which is about a one acre lot. He also has space behind the Immigration building.

“We have quite a bit of acreage there.”

Ruffin says most likely he’ll build to suit for someone.

“We’re taking our time with it,” he says. “Our first choice was to fill that current building.”

Ruffin says he spent several million dollars refurbishing it.

“It’s a beautiful space now.”

He expects the corner property won’t be an issue to fill.

“That area seems to be kind of hot now.”

Demolition work under way at Twin Lakes in preparation for possible development

WICHITA — In preparation for possible new development, there’s demolition work under way at Twin Lakes, the shopping center at 21st and Amidon that once was Wichita’s premier retail destination.

“The owners are demolishing two portions of the property to clear ground for a new development, but they don’t know what that new development is going to be,” says Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, which manages the property.

The Colorado-based owners “thought it would be better to demolish portions of the center that were obsolete.”

Saville says a couple of areas of the center have been difficult to rent in recent years. That includes the former Sears automotive center on the south side of the property. Saville says the owners are considering doing a multifamily residential development there.

The former cinema at the center, which last was home to Aaron’s, also is being demolished. Saville says that area, which is on the west side of the property along Amidon, could potentially be used for a freestanding retail outlet.

We’ll let you know what happens.

Abuelo’s inching closer to west-side deal

WICHITA — Abuelo’s, the Mexican restaurant chain that opened at the Waterfront in April 2004, is working on a deal for west-side space.

“It’s been a good market for us,” Abuelo’s director of marketing Melanie Carroll says of Wichita.

She says the Lubbock-based company is always looking for growth opportunities and believes Wichita could sustain two Abuelo’s restaurants, but she won’t share details beyond that.

Landmark Commercial Real Estate president and CEO Brad Saville, who represents Abuelo’s in Wichita, says the chain is eyeing three west-side sites and hasn’t yet determined where it will go.

Other sources, though, says Abuelo’s is getting closer to a deal at a site near the Kellogg and Ridge Road corridor not far from where the new Twin Peaks is going to open.

Earlier this month, Have You Heard? reported that Twin Peaks, which already has an east-side site, is going to open at 7325 W. Taft. It will be in a building across Ridge Road from Carlos O’Kelly’s and Panera Bread, which is south of Maple and Ridge.

The area is becoming a hot spot for restaurants such as Applebee’s, McAlister’s Deli, Chipotle Mexican Grill, IHOP and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers among others.

Look for more news on Abuelo’s in the months ahead.

Family Dollar to open at Second and West

UPDATED — Another new Family Dollar store is in the works for Wichita.

Construction has just begun on an 8,300-square-foot store on the southwest corner of Second and West streets. This is a new prototype for Family Dollar.

Several of the stores have opened in the Wichita area in the last couple of years. This makes a dozen total.

This one should be open by early May at the latest.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate brokered the deal.

Look for news about a couple of more Family Dollars coming soon.

Northwestern Mutual RPS Financial Group to move to Hartman Oil Building

WICHITA — Northwestern Mutual RPS Financial Group is moving from its current space near Murdock and Waco to new space at the Hartman Oil Building at 10500 E. Berkeley Square Parkway.

In a news release, managing director Sean Miller said he likes the upscale surroundings and ongoing development near the Hartman building and says the move will position the office to add new employees.

The company, which has 18 financial representatives and their staff members, hopes to add 35 representatives and interns in the next 15 months.

Nationwide, Northwestern Mutual has more than 7,000 financial representatives and hopes to add 5,500 more.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the space. Shelden Architecture is the architect, and Icon Structures is the contractor.

Northwestern Mutual will move into its more than 9,100 square feet in December.

Twotrees Technologies is the first tenant in the new Firestone Place

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate in front of the new Firestone Place.

UPDATED — The former Automobilia space at the northeast corner of First and Emporia is getting a new life along with some new tenants.

“It’s kind of something we’ve been looking at for a long time because we’ve got a vested interest in our property across the street,” says Brad Saville, president and CEO of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

The Landmark office is across the street on the southeast corner. Saville, Landmark broker Scott Harper and another partner formed 2point LLC to redevelop the former Automobilia space. They’re calling it Firestone Place.

Saville thinks the original occupant of the building was a Firestone tire dealership. He’s still trying to learn more about it.

“I’m really interested in the history of it.”

SBA Construction and Innovative Construction Service are remodeling the 8,271-square-foot space. Features include exposed brick, open ceilings and easy-access parking.

There’s room for three tenants in the building. Harper and Landmark’s Craig Simon are handling the deals.

One, Susie and Jim Smith’s Twotrees Technologies, is signed.

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Former Dillons space at Douglas and Meridian sells and will be leased

WICHITA — The former Dillons at the southwest corner of Douglas and Meridian has sold, and a new occupant is likely to be in the building relatively soon.

Tom Schmeidler and a group of investors called DOME LLC — for Douglas and Meridian — closed on the building last week and are looking to lease it.

“There’s a couple of different entities that are very interested in it,” Schmeidler says.

One would take the entire 20,000-square-foot space, but Schmeidler says he’s opening to dividing the space between users.

The size of the building and its parking — there are about 120 spaces — made the purchase attractive, Schmeidler says.

“It’s a very stout building,” he says. “It’s a block building.”

It also has a basement.

“It’s in the core of Wichita, so if somebody needs to be close to downtown … this is close enough, plus this has the parking,” Schmeidler says. “There’s few buildings that are close to downtown that have the availability of that much parking.”

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the sale. Saville also is representing DOME in leasing the space.

Taco Bueno to sublease West Street space

WICHITA — When the Taco Bueno at 333 S. West St. caught fire in August due to a carelessly thrown cigarette, a fire official said it likely would be a long time before the restaurant would reopen.

Turns out it won’t happen at all.

“They decided not to reopen it,” says Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

He’s now helping Taco Bueno sublease the 2,500-square-foot space, which is just south of the southwest corner of Maple and West.

“The most important thing is the city has already widened and improved West Street,” Saville says.

The building has a drive-through and has been entirely rebuilt, he says.

“You sure wouldn’t have known there was any damage to the property,” Saville says.

“It’s pretty good real estate.”