Derby’s Bristol Square shopping center growing under new owners

UPDATED — The new Sedgwick County drivers license bureau that’s opening in Derby this fall isn’t all that’s happening at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

“It’s going to be a fabulous center for Derby,” says Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons.

“It’s under new ownership,” she says. “That is the reason they’re getting things done. The new owners are aggressive deal makers, and they’re turning the center around.”

Lowry says Bristol Square’s previous owners didn’t invest in the center to “keep it running right and looking right.”

“These new owners will do everything right.”

They’re a mix of local and out-of-state investors who prefer not to be named.

The Dollar Tree has renewed its lease at Bristol Square and expanded to 10,000 square feet.

“They’ve doubled their space now,” says Lowry, who handled the deal.

Sunshine Nail Salon has also more than doubled its size from 1,200 square feet to 2,800 square feet.

The UPS Store has renewed its lease for another five years as well. New tenant Precious Debut 4D Ultrasound opened at the center this spring.

Weigand’s Cristi Howell, who did the Precious Debut deal, and Bradley Tidemann are handling leasing for Bristol Square.

“I do think the fact that it has local ownership now is a real positive for the center,” Howell says.

She says it’s more than just the financial investment.

“Just being local, they’re more in tune with the community and responsive to tenants.”

 

Second Sedgwick County drivers license bureau to open in Bristol Square in Derby

WICHITA — The state has decided on a second drivers license bureau for Sedgwick County. As many had hoped, it will be in Derby.

“It is the first time that Sedgwick County will have had more than one drivers licensing bureau … in a decade,” says spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda.

The bureau will be in 4,500 square feet at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

The last time the county had a second bureau, it was in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver. Koranda says she’s not sure why that one closed.

“I can’t speak to that because it was a prior administration,” she says. “Since then, there’s only been one.”

Koranda says the new bureau will open this fall to accommodate a growing population, particularly in that area.

The state is adding staff for that office and for the bureau in Andover, which Koranda says is another growing area.

The new Derby bureau will be similar to the existing one at the Twin Lakes shopping center and handle new licenses and renewals, driver testing and concealed-carry licenses.

Bradley Tidemann with J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the Bristol Square space.

Professional Home Buyers buys Pixius Communications space on East Central

WICHITA — For the first time in the 11 years since Tony Javier started Professional Home Buyers, he’s going to own the building where his business is.

Javier has purchased the 3,840-square-foot building at 1634 E. Central near Hydraulic where Pixius Communications has been.

“We wanted the space to be able to grow,” he says. “We’re able to create our own identity rather than being in another office building.”

Pixius is moving to Second and St. Francis downtown but will remain in its current space until December.

Javier has been at the Waterfront development at 13th and Webb Road for several years in the Keller Williams Signature Partners office. Professional Home Buyers is licensed with Keller Williams.

Javier’s company buys undervalued properties, renovates them and sells to buyers who generally use conventional financing. The company also has a rent-to-own program that Javier says helps people with poor credit be able to finance a home within six to 12 months.

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You don’t say

“He said i could leave him out (of) the press, but not out of the commission.”

– A text from J.P. Weigand & Sons broker Bradley Tidemann about his father, Grant, and whether he wanted a mention for handling a real estate deal

Spirit AeroSystems leases two buildings for temporary storage

UPDATED — Spirit AeroSystems has leased two warehouse spaces at the B1 Industrial Park on Rock Road to temporarily store materials.

The materials, including raw materials and overflow items used for manufacturing, have been in a building on Spirit property. That building was damaged in the recent tornado.

“Obviously, it’s been nice to have warehousing on site,” says spokesman Ken Evans.

Spirit has leased about 48,000 square feet at 2510 S. Eastmoor and 120,000 square feet at 2652 S. Eastmoor.

Bradley Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deals.

Evans says the leases will be “probably for at least six months, and then we’ll look at it after that.”

He says the company looked at several options for storing the material.

“This is the best that we thought we could do.”

American Bikes 4 You to move to Wichita

UPDATED — Andover-based American Bikes 4 You, which sells pre-owned Harley-Davidsons, is moving to Wichita and almost doubling its space.

“Right now we average just over 300 bikes a year that we sell,” says LoRisa Fouch. “We’re hoping to double that. We’ll be able to have more motorcycles.”

Fouch owns the business with her husband, Larry, who has sold pre-owned Harleys for more than 25 years.

The 6-year-old company is moving to 8,500 square feet at 12345 E. Kellogg, which is east of Lowe’s and Walmart where Suburban Equipment used to be.

Currently, the Fouches rent two buildings, which are about 2,300 square feet each, at 13916 U.S. 54.

LoRisa says in addition to getting more space, the move will allow them to own their building, which she says makes more sense.

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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.

Orange Leaf to open at Westlake center at 119th West and Maple

WICHITA — And now for the weekly yogurt update.

Orange Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt franchisee Jeff Finnell is planning to open a new store this summer at 119th West and Maple between Shorty Small’s and Felipe’s  Mexican Restaurant, which is on the east end of WestLake. That’s also where Kanai anchors the northwest side.

“We just saw that as a great destination spot and a great spot to add a dessert location,” Finnell says.

Bradley Tidemann and Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

There’s been a spate of yogurt places opening around the greater Wichita area, but Finnell was one of the first when he opened an Orange Leaf at the retail center at 21st and Tyler in front of the Warren Theatre last summer.

There’s a second Orange Leaf franchisee in the market as well.

The newest Orange Leaf, which will be in 1,600 square feet, will be the area’s fourth.

Finnell thinks this should do it for him in Wichita.

“I would think we pretty well got it covered.”

Braum’s on South Rock to open in late June

WICHITA — More than a year ago, Braum’s closed on a deal for new space at 1261 S. Rock near Harry and Rock.

Now, the company is beginning work on the store.

It’ll be similar to the one on Seneca near Douglas that opened last month and the one near 21st and Amidon that opened last year.

Like those stores, the new one will be 5,756 square feet with a drive-through and a Fresh Market grocery area.

“That’s our largest model,” says spokeswoman Andie Schwab.

Braum’s has been replacing older stores with the newer model. The Rock Road store is new, though, and not replacing another store.

Leisa Lowry, a broker with J.P. Weigand & Sons, represented Braum’s in the deal, and Weigand brokers Grant Tidemann and his son Bradley represented the seller.

The new store is slated to open in late June.

Orange Leaf yogurt franchise to open at 21st and Tyler

WICHITA — By July, when it’s particularly heating up, the west side will have a new way to cool down.

The self-serve frozen yogurt franchise Orange Leaf is coming to the retail center at 21st and Tyler in front of the Warren Theatre.

“I’m not kidding,” says franchisee Jeff Finnell, “by the end of the summer, people are going to be talking about this.”

Finnell and his wife, Kathy, also own Holy Trinity Catholic Books and Gifts at 8651 W. Central.

They used to live in Wichita and are now in Oklahoma.

Orange Leaf, which has about 30 sites nationally, used to be based in California but recently moved to Oklahoma City.

“We just felt like this would go over very, very well in Wichita,” Jeff Finnell says.

There will be 16 flavors from which to choose along with 40 toppings.

“And then when you’re all done creating your masterpiece, you take it to the cash register, you put it on a scale and you pay for it by the ounce,” Finnell says.

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