Loft to open this fall at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Finally, Bradley Fair can reveal the reason behind its game of musical chairs, business style.

Loft is coming to the center at 21st and Rock Road this fall.

“We have been working with them for quite some time,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

“It’s been one of our most-requested stores,” she says. “We do listen, and we do appreciate when our customers give us their … input on what stores and restaurants they would like for us to have at Bradley Fair.”

Formerly known as Ann Taylor Loft, the women’s clothing store is something of a hipper younger sister to Ann Taylor. There are 500 of the stores nationwide.

The store will locate between Talbots and Bella Luna Cafe where Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry and College Hill Cleaners are vacating.

Randy Cooper’s is moving to where Howard’s Optique used to be. Howard’s moved from its freestanding space to new space between Sephora and Jason’s Deli in the first round of moves to prepare for Loft.

College Hill Cleaners is moving to where Origins used to be.

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Good Feet to open in Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — A new store is coming to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock that is all about making feet feel good.

“I am basically reopening Good Feet in Wichita,” says franchisee Arnold Pereira.

“There used to be a store many, many years ago from what I understand.”

The franchise is based in California, and there are more than 100 Good Feet stores nationally that sell arch supports. The Wichita store will make the 10th Good Feet store for Pereira, who is based in Milwaukee, Wis. His closest store is in Kansas City.

“Wichita, I think, is a very good, solid market,” Pereira says.

The store particularly caters to people who have to stand while they work.

“They are in need of this product,” Pereira says.

Foot pain leads to body pain, he says.

“The arches aren’t in place anymore, and the body follows.”

The right support “can immediately take care of someone’s alignment issues.”

“There are a million inserts out there,” Pereira says. “The issue is whether it’s fitted correctly.”

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Apricot Lane Boutique, a national chain, to open at Bradley Fair this spring

WICHITA — Along with tulips and daffodils popping up this spring, Wichita will have an apricot, too.

Apricot Lane Boutique, that is.

Wichitans Kami and Mark Murphy are opening a franchise of the California-based women’s boutique at Bradley Fair in March.

“The store is a fabulous women’s fashion boutique that is very unique,” says the chain’s founder and CEO Ken Petersen.

There are 82 Apricot Lanes in 30 states, and they’re known for having limited quantities– maybe only a couple of each size — of name-brand and nonbranded apparel.

“Customers love that,” Petersen says. He says they like knowing not everyone will be wearing what they’re wearing.

“Our product mix is fast, and it’s fresh, and it’s on trend, and it’s constantly changing,” he says.

Petersen calls the store a mother-daughter boutique that appeals to both age groups.

He says he’s found it to be even more than that.

“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen grandma, mom and daughter in the stores,” he says.

“I didn’t want to be a juniors retailer. We didn’t want to be a Talbots-type of retailer.”

There also will be shoes, jewelry, accessories and gifts in a variety of price points.

“We’re excited to bring something that’s so hip and also something that’s a little more affordable to Bradley Fair,” Kami Murphy says.

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Versona Accessories to open next to Fresh Market at Bradley Fair in early spring

WICHITA — Fresh Market, which opened at Bradley Fair in June, is getting a new neighbor.

Versona Accessories is taking the last of the former Ultimate Electronics space.

“Versona is a store that we have been interested in for quite some time,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

“They are in other lifestyle centers similar to Bradley Fair, and we feel they’re a great complement to our existing women’s fashion mix.”

Versona, which is owned by North Carolina-based CATO Corp., sells jewelry, sunglasses, handbags, scarves, belts, footwear and hair accessories.

Currently, there are 22 of the stores nationally.

Erickson says the quality of Versona’s merchandise sets it apart from some other popular accessory stores.

Versona will open in early spring in 7,500 square feet to the west of Fresh Market and employ about 25 people.

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KU sports store to open at Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — The same company that has Lids sports cap stores in Towne East and Towne West Squares is bringing a KU store to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock.

No one with Nashville-based Genesco is talking, but work is under way at the store, which will sell officially licensed KU merchandise.

It’s not clear when the 2,000-square-foot store will open.

It’s taking part of the former Souper!Salad! space at Eastgate.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. represented Eastgate, and Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented the tenant.

Williamson Wellness Center to open at the Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — After almost a decade and a half of working at Genesis Health Clubs, Wendy Williamson is opening her own Williamson Wellness Center.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Williamson says. “This is just an opportunity to work for myself.”

Williamson has a doctorate in exercise science. She is a post-rehabilitation specialist and an advanced personal trainer.

“I have the privilege … and the opportunity to work with people who are recovering from illness and injury,” Williamson says. “My specialty is low back pain and orthopedic replacements.… I also work a lot with Parkinson’s disease.”

She’s opening her center in 2,529 square feet at the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. and Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Williamson will open her business in early July.

“It’s just time to work for myself.”

Soma Intimates to open at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Chico’s FAS Inc. is bringing another new store to Bradley Fair.

Almost seven years ago, the Florida-based Chico’s opened two brands – Chico’s and White House/Black Market – at the development.

Now, the company has plans to open Soma Intimates, which sells lingerie and sleepwear.

“Because the women of Wichita have embraced Chico’s and White House/Black Market, the company is eager … to bring Soma to Bradley Fair,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

The first Soma Intimates opened in 2004. Now there are almost 200 of the boutiques nationally.

The Bradley Fair store, which will be between Brick’s and Trio’s, will be 2,520 square feet.

“We’re taking excess space not being used by Brick’s and building that out for Soma,” Erickson says.

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Bradley Fair and Fresh Market confirm the grocery store is coming in 2012

UPDATED — Bradley Fair developer George Laham now confirms what Have You Heard? reported last month:

The Fresh Market grocery chain is coming to the former Ultimate Electronics space in 2012.

“The shopping center is just a perfect fit for our concept,” says Drewry Sackett, Fresh Market’s manager of public relations and community relations.

Laham, president of Laham Development, began looking for a specialty grocery store to bring to Wichita even before Ultimate Electronics closed.

In recent years, Wichitans have been hoping for a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

“After looking at the Fresh Market, this was the clear choice,” Laham says.

“The only reason they’re not saying, ‘We want Fresh Market,’ is because they don’t know it,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based chain has about 110 stores either open or opening soon, and this one will be the farthest west.

Sackett calls Wichita “a really solid Midwestern market that supports our growth into that region of the country.”

The chain is heavily concentrated in the southeast, which Laham says is why most Wichitans aren’t familiar with it.

Laham says as he began looking for a specialty grocery store, he looked throughout the industry before choosing Fresh Market.

“They are clearly a market leader,” he says.

Sackett says, “Our stores are a little bit different, certainly, than a traditional grocery store.”

She says the store is a warmer, more intimate atmosphere with classical music playing, freshly brewed coffee awaiting customers and floral arrangements greeting them at the door.

“You can see across the entire store, and that really sort of lends to that feeling of a more intimate setting,” Sackett says.

“It’s very much a European market,” Laham says. “It’s like being in Italy at an open-air market.”

The 22,000-square-foot space will be fairly compact to navigate.

“That’s kind of the beauty of it,” Erickson says.

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Sleep Number mattress store to join Vitamin Shoppe at 21st and Rock Road retail center

WICHITA — Laham Development has got your number.

The company is bringing a Sleep Number mattress store to the retail center where it has already announced a Vitamin Shoppe will open on the northeast corner of 21st and Rock Road.

Sleep Number is relocating its store from Towne East Square.

“Our plan was to improve the aesthetics and the activity at the intersection,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president of Laham Development, which is the developer of Bradley Fair on the southeast corner of the intersection.

“We obviously have quite a large interest in that intersection and want to make it better.”

The center is 6,200 square feet. Vitamin Shoppe will take about 3,000 square feet, and Sleep Number will take the rest. Shelden Architecture is the architect and Key Construction is the contractor.

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Sephora beauty supply store is coming to Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Ladies, this one’s for you.

Sephora — the beauty supplier so many of you visit when traveling outside of Wichita — is coming to Bradley Fair.

Laham Development, the developer of Bradley Fair, says the store will open this spring between Jason’s Deli and Gymboree. This will fill the remainder of the Restoration Hardware space.

No one with Sephora, which has North American headquarters in San Francisco, could immediately be reached for comment.

The chain, which is known for its distinctive store designs, has a private label line of products in addition to more than 200 brands of other items.

Sephora offers skin and hair care products, bath and body products, makeup and fragrances.

The store will have a Sephora Beauty Studio, Scentsa, which is a kiosk where customers can easily search for fragrances, and a Beauty Insider rewards program.

Sephora is owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, a luxury goods group based in Paris.

Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for Bradley Fair.