Coleman Co. has sale at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Coleman Co. is temporarily locating at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn for pre-Thanksgiving shopping, and there’s a chance that could extend into December.

The company is having a surplus inventory sale in the 55,000-square-foot former Hobby Lobby space.

“It’s pretty much every category that Coleman covers,” spokesman Alex Stern says of what’s on sale.

That includes coolers, grills, furniture, recreation equipment and cots.

“Pretty much the sky’s the limit on that front,” Stern says.

“It’s a win-win situation because it allows Brittany Center to still have a large anchor through the … holiday season,” says Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the deal.

Though the lease is only temporary, Harper says it’s still good to have now that Hobby Lobby has moved to the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich.

The sale isn’t scheduled to last past Nov. 27, but Stern says the lease actually goes into December.

“There’s always the possibility we might extend the event.”

Lobby space available at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Now that Hobby Lobby has moved into its new space at the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich, there’s a renewed push to find a tenant to take its former space.

Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate has taken over trying to lease the 55,000-square-foot space that Hobby Lobby occupied at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

“The ownership seems to be pretty open-minded to different scenarios there,” Harper says.

There’s some extra space adjacent to the building, which means the center could accommodate a tenant needing up to 75,000 square feet.

“The good news is there’s not really too many of those spaces left any longer,” Harper says of Wichita in general.

That compares to a few years ago when “there was quite a bit of availability in that size range.”

Harper says the owners are willing to divide the space as well. That includes making the north end of the building, which currently is all brick, into a storefront that faces 21st Street. He says there’s room for several smaller shops there.

“That’s even something they’re open to.”

Hobby Lobby to open in Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich

WICHITA — Another major building is under construction at Regency Lakes next to where Cabela’s opened last year.

According to documents filed with the city, Hobby Lobby is building a new 55,000-square-foot store.

Regency Lakes, a Laham Development property at the northwest corner of 21st and Greenwich, is home to SuperTarget, World Market and Hampton Inn & Suites among other things.

Hobby Lobby will go between World Market and Cabela’s, which opened in an 80,000-square-foot space in March 2012.

It looks like the Hobby Lobby currently on the east side at 21st and Woodlawn in Brittany Center will be closing when the new one opens.

There’s also one on the west side in the center at the southwest corner of Central and Ridge.

Building plans for the Regency Lakes Hobby Lobby indicate the store will be based on a new prototype for the craft chain.

Brad Saville with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

There are still a few pad sites left at the 60-acre development. That includes one on the corner, one between Subway and Chili’s and one north of Chili’s.

No one involved is talking just yet, but Hobby Lobby is slated to open yet this year, so look for more details soon.

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill to open in former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill

WICHITA — Larry Harmon now confirms what Have You Heard? first reported last week.

He’s opening his second Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill in the former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space at 8406 W. Central across from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

“There’s a lot of good bars in town,” Harmon says. When he opens, though, Harmon says, “You’re going to know that that’s the place to watch some sports.”

He’s finalizing the contract for the 6,600-square-foot space. Following that and extensive renovation, he’ll open. It’s not clear when that will be.

Harmon says he’s gutting the space to create what he calls a stadium area similar to his original Larry Bud’s in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

Like that Larry Bud’s, the new one also will offer bus rides to Shocker games.

“It’s going to be a fun place to go,” Harmon says. “Our grand opening will be a killer.”

He’s not stopping there. Harmon plans additional locations as well.

“We’re going to continue from there and continue to grow.”

 

New bars and restaurants opening on east, west sides and downtown

WICHITA — There are several new bar and restaurant deals in the works.

Not unexpectedly, Charlie Badeen and David Allan have decided to reopen their O’Brien’s Irish Pub on East Kellogg by Scotch & Sirloin.

They closed it last year, and the short-lived Encore Restaurant and Nightclub took its place.

Earlier this month, Badeen told Have You Heard? he and Allan were considering various options for the space, including reopening O’Brien’s.

They originally closed because they were opening the new Joe’s Old Town Bar and Grill in Old Town, plus they already had Dudley’s Sports Bar and Grill on the west side and Mulligan’s Pub out east.

They’ve since sold Mulligan’s, and they’re ready to open Joe’s in the next week or two.

Badeen says O’Brien’s should open by the end of March.

“Basically everything’s going to be about the same.”

There’s another deal in the works to bring a Pacific Coast Pizza downtown near Intrust Bank Arena.

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Second Odd Balls Yarn Shop to open at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center and Outlet Mall; more to come

WICHITA — A year after opening her first store, Tracie Anderson is taking the next step in her plan to grow her Odd Balls Yarn Shop by opening a second store at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center and Outlet Mall in Newton.

Anderson opened her first Odd Balls in March in 4,000 square feet at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn to sell high-end knitting and crochet supplies, luxury fibers, weaving looms, spinning wheels and needlepoint supplies, among other things. She also offers about 80 related classes at any given time.

This March, Anderson is opening in 3,000 square feet at Chisholm Trail next to Charlotte’s Bargain Fabric & Stitchery.

She says she did market research first.

“The traffic out there’s phenomenal.”

Anderson already is thinking of a third Wichita-area Odd Balls for next March.

“That’s pretty aggressive, but that’s our goal.”

Her bigger goal is to franchise her business and help others with their dreams of having similar shops.

She’s working with the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Wichita State University.

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SpringClean Laundry owner to open what he thinks will be the third-largest Laundromat in the country

WICHITA — Perry Duncan is, perhaps arguably, the Laundry King of Kansas.

He’s owned many himself, built plenty of them for others and now is working on what he says likely will be the third-largest Laundromat in the country.

Duncan owns SpringClean Laundry, which in 2009 he told Have You Heard? he wanted to develop into a chain of large, upscale laundries – with large dryers, flat-screen TVs and carpeting.

His newest SpringClean will be in the former Spear’s Restaurant and Pie Shop space at 1930 N. Woodlawn, which is just south of Brittany Center at the corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Duncan is adding to the building for a total of 13,000 square feet.

So how does he know this might be the third-largest?

“I’ve been doing it 30 years,” he says.

Duncan says he’s quite familiar with the business nationwide.

His first two SpringClean sites, at 416 N. Ridge and 1224 S. Webb, are about 9,000 square feet each.

Duncan says he’s inspired by cinema entrepreneur Bill Warren of Warren Theatres.

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Fashion Bar boutique to open at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Dana Miller is opening a bar in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn, but it won’t serve drinks.

“It’s going to be a buy-sell-trade boutique,” Miller says of her new Fashion Bar. “I’m going to pay cash on the spot.”

Unlike what she calls more mature consignment shops, Miller hopes to appeal to a younger crowd with clothing, accessories and handbags.

“My primary market is women 21 to 45,” she says.

The store will “have some weekend clothes and casual clothes, but my focus is really going to be on young professionals.”

Her slogan is “fashion recycled.” Miller says her goal is “keeping extra clothes out of the landfills.”

Miller says she’ll pay up to 40 percent of her selling price to customers who bring in merchandise. Or they can earn more in trade.

She’ll pay more for handbags, too, which will be something of a specialty in the shop.

Miller plans a Sept. 30 drawing for a $300 Coach bag.

Instead of liquor bottles and wine glasses on the store’s built-in bar, Miller plans to feature handbags along with jewelry.

The store opens Sept. 10.

Carla Whaley to open Carla’s Love It at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Carla Whaley is back.

The former owner of Carla’s Wild at Heart is opening a new store at Bradley Fair.

Carla’s Love It will open in late summer.

The store will sell an eclectic mix of jewelry, gifts and apparel.

“I’ve been designing jewelry for the last three years going back to my hippie roots of the 1970s,” Whaley says.

She’s been traveling to a lot of art shows, too.

“I keep hearing over and over and over, ‘I miss . . . you and your store,’ ” she says.

At one point, Whaley had three stores. One was in Old Town, one at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn and one was at 21st and Tyler.

Her last store was at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize. She sold the store three years ago.

“All my family owned their own businesses, and my dad always said, ‘Sell when you have a buyer,’ ” she says. “I’ve learned that philosophy over the years.”

She’s missed having her own store, though.

“I sure liked being my own boss.”

Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for Bradley Fair, which is a Laham Development property.

The new Carla’s will be between Nouveau and Yia Yia’s Eurobistro.

Doug Malone and Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons to handle leasing for Brittany, Normandie centers

dougleisaWICHITA — RP Realty Partners has hired commercial brokers Doug Malone and Leisa Lowry to handle leasing at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn and Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.

The brokers, who are with J.P. Weigand & Sons, will work closely with Debbie McNeal, who manages the centers.

With Malone and Lowry focusing on leasing, they say McNeal will be able to concentrate on property management.

“‘Those two properties have really stood the test of time over the years,” Malone says.

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