Construction set to begin on Panera Bread, Olive Garden and Papa Murphy’s at Derby Marketplace

WICHITA — It was back in January that Have You Heard? first reported that Panera Bread franchisee Randy Simon was in negotiations to open a Panera in front of the Dillons Marketplace at Derby Marketplace at 71st and Rock Road.

The Derby City Council approved the deal last week, and construction is set to begin.

Simon plans a fall opening for the restaurant, which will have a drive-through. This is the 32nd cafe for his Original Bread and the first to feature a drive-through.

Later this month, Simon says he plans to finalize a deal in Sedalia, Mo., for another Panera with a drive-through. That’s also where a Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers franchisee plans a Freddy’s next door.

The Panera that opened earlier this year on Ridge Road next to the Freddy’s that Simon co-owns had the highest volume opening of all of Simon’s Wichita Paneras.

Back in Derby, there are a couple of other new restaurants that will open near the new Panera.

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Wells Fargo Advisors to move North Rock Road office

WICHITA — Wells Fargo Advisors is making a short jaunt down Rock Road from its current space in the former Thorn Americas headquarters near 37th North and Rock Road to new space at the Capitol Federal Savings building near 21st and Rock.

Wells Fargo branch manager Mark Douglass likes the increased visibility the new office will have.

“I love the area of 37th and Rock, but there’s not that much traffic up that way,” he says.

The northeast branch has been in 5,000 square feet since it was a Prudential Securities office.

Then Wachovia Securities bought Prudential followed by A.G. Edwards. Wells Fargo then purchased Wachovia.

“It’s been kind of interesting,” says Douglass, who has been with the firm seven years. “Sit at the same desk and this is about our third business card, I think.”

Four advisors from the northeast Wells Fargo office are moving to the Wells Fargo office downtown, which is former A.G. Edwards space.

There are 30 Wells Fargo advisors in the Wichita area, 10 of whom currently are at the northeast office.

The lease was up at the building, which is part of what’s prompting the move.

“We’ve always had way too much space there,” Douglass says.

The new office, which is on the third floor of the Capitol Federal building, will be in 3,000 square feet.

The move will happen on or around Oct. 22.

Shops at MarketPlace lands four tenants

WICHITA — In today’s economy, it’s a gamble to build a speculative shopping center and hope to find tenants for it, but it’s a move that’s paying off for Paul Jackson.

The Vantage Point Properties developer has Andover MarketPlace, a 140-acre development on the southeast corner of Kellogg and Andover Road in Andover.

In May, Jackson began building the Shops at MarketPlace, a 14,000-square-foot center next to Dillons Marketplace.

He now has four tenants to announce:

Scooter’s Coffeehouse, which will have 1,400 square feet and a drive-through on the north end of the center.

H&R Block, which will have 1,400 square feet.

Martinizing Dry Cleaning, which will have 1,400 square feet.

Spa Pedicure, which will have 1,200 square feet.

“We have a nice amount of interest in the remaining space,” Jackson says. “We feel like it’s been a good decision to build that.”

When Jackson first bought the property several years ago, his plan was to hold it for the long term.

“We weren’t looking to develop it immediately.”

Dillons wanted to expand with a Marketplace concept, though, and the YMCA decided to build a new branch about the same time.

“They just came into play a lot earlier than we expected them,” Jackson says. “Once those started, we started full speed into the development process.”

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Where’s the beef? At a new Arby’s in Andover

arbys1WICHITA — Andover is getting its first Arby’s.

It’ll also be the first restaurant to locate at MarketPlace, the new development on the southeast corner of Kellogg and Andover Road.

The Arby’s will be in a 2,800-square-foot space.

“They’re a solid concept,” says developer Paul Jackson, president of Vantage Point Properties.

The 140-acre mixed-use development is anchored by the YMCA and Dillons Marketplace. Kansasland Tire and Capitol Federal Savings also have locations there.

“We’ll feel like we were successful as long as we attract a good mix of products and services,” Jackson says. “That’s our goal.”

There are about a dozen pad sites left to fill. Jackson hopes for more restaurants, including fast food and casual-dining concepts.

The Arby’s will have seating and a drive-through.

United States Beef Corp., the largest Arby’s franchisee, plans to open the restaurant in the first quarter of 2010.

“We try to bring a little more freshness to the fast food,” says Kim Thompson, vice president of human resources and risk for the company.

“We have a healthy version of fast food,” Thompson says. “That’s always been our goal.”