Carter’s children’s shop to open at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize

UPDATED — Carter’s is the newest retailer coming to the growing NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

The shop, which specializes in infant, toddler and children’s clothing, has signed a lease for 4,000 square feet next to Christopher & Banks. That’s in the area where Lane Bryant, Kirkland’s and Pier 1 Imports have recently opened.

“There’s a lot of foot traffic over there,” says April Reed, who handled the deal for the Slawson Cos. development.

There’s 4,000 square feet left to lease in the building where Carter’s will open in February.

Reed says the remaining space can be divided for two tenants. She says she thinks it makes sense for another junior apparel store or similar retailer to go there, especially since the Children’s Place and Rue 21 are nearby.

“They tend to like to cluster together.”

There’s another 3,000 square feet available next to Rue 21.

Reed is confident in the area and how it’s doing so far.

“The stores that have opened, they’re just doing phenomenal,” she says. “The center is just that much more walkable, shoppable. We’ve got just about everything a girl or guy could want.”

Or, in Carter’s case, someone much smaller.

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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Lane Bryant is the latest retailer coming to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road

WICHITA — Lane Bryant is the latest retail shop coming to the newest phase of NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

The store is one of several — Pier 1 Imports, Kirkland’s, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, the Children’s Place, Rue 21 and Christopher & Banks — that will locate in the two buildings that form an L shape between Petco and Michaels.

That’s also near where the new Best Buy is at the Slawson Cos. property.

“We were talking to most of these tenants when we were dealing with Best Buy and Michaels,” says Slawson’s Jerry Jones. “Then we had the 2008 financial crisis that just put all these deals on the back burner.”

He and broker April Reed, who handled the Lane Bryant deal among others, kept talking to the companies.

Though the deals took longer to put together than planned, Jones says it’s still a win to get the businesses — especially without a full market recovery.

“We were able to do it in a time where it was challenging to put deals together,” he says.

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Pier 1 Imports coming to NewMarket Square

UPDATED — Fort Worth-based Pier 1 Imports is bringing a third one of its home stores to Wichita, this time to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

“It’s just a great location, and it certainly made a lot of sense for our business,” says Jennifer Engstrand, a Pier 1 spokeswoman.

The store will take 8,558 square feet next to where the new Kirkland’s is locating. That store and Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, the Children’s PlaceRue 21 and Christopher & Banks are opening in two buildings that form an L shape between Petco and Michaels.

The five new stores in that area will begin opening in July and continue opening throughout the summer.

The new Pier 1 will open in late summer or early fall.

Jerry Jones of Slawson Cos., which owns NewMarket Square, says Pier 1 will have a new design prototype. The fresher look with feature an updated entrance, a more open interior and new lighting and fixtures.

“We’re excited that this will be one of the first stores in the country . . . using the new design prototype,” Jones says.

With Kirkland’s and Michaels near Pier 1, he says, it will “make it a destination for people shopping for home accessories.”

There are also Pier 1 stores at Bradley Fair on the east side and at 4500 W. Kellogg.

For now, Pier 1 will have three stores in the market. Engstrand couldn’t say when the existing west-side Pier 1′s lease is up or if that store will close at that time.

She says the company will hire about 15 full and part-time employees.

Slawson’s April Reed handled the deal. Kansas City-based LaSala-Sonnenberg Commercial Realty represented Pier 1.

Slawson has one more imminent store announcement for that portion of NewMarket Square. Look for news soon.

Five new stores to open at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize

UPDATED — Slawson Cos. is kicking off its latest development phase at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

The center is getting five new stores: Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, the Children’s Place, Rue 21, Kirkland’s and Christopher & Banks.

The stores will be in two buildings that form an L shape between Petco and Michaels.

“It’ll link together then the entire development from north to south,” says Slawson’s Jerry Jones.

Jones says NewMarket’s walkability will be improved with the new 56,000 square feet of stores.

Key Construction is the contractor, Architectural Innovations is the architect and PEC is the engineer.

“It’s the largest building project for us out there — single building project — really since the first phase,” Jones says of when NewMarket kicked off in 2001.

“We expect the initial openings to be right around the first of July.”

This will bring NewMarket’s total square footage to 830,000 square feet with 82 stores, restaurants and banks. It’s the third-largest shopping center in Wichita and the largest open-air shopping center.