Carpenters’ Union Local 201 to consolidate office and training center on East Kellogg

WICHITA — The Carpenters’ Union Local 201 will consolidate its office and training center into one site by the end of this year.

Last year, the union purchased the former Circuit City space at 8405 E. Kellogg near the entrance to I-35.

“We are remodeling it now so that we can move our local union office over there and open a training center,” says Martin Walter, general counsel for the Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis & Vicinity.

Tracy Alan Norris, who owns iFurn.com and PainReliever.com among other companies, used to own the building and still leases 10,000 square feet there.

“The plan is that initially we’re going to occupy about 16,000 to 18,000 square feet,” Walter says.

He says they’ll leave the rest of the space for future expansion of the training center.

Currently, the union’s office is at 2610 S. Seneca. Its training center is at 1225 W. Carey Lane. Walter says the union leases the office space and owns the approximately 6,000-square-foot training space.

“We’ll probably be looking to sell that.”

Ross Dress For Less signs for east-side store a week after inking west-side deal

WICHITA — East-siders, Ross Dress For Less has not forgotten you.

Last week, Have You Heard? reported the discount chain is opening in 25,000 square feet of the former Circuit City space on West Kellogg.

Now, the national retailer has signed a deal for the 25,000 square feet Barnes & Noble is vacating at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

The bookstore’s last day in business there is Dec. 30. A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman previously said the chain decided to consolidate its Wichita stores into one location at Bradley Fair.

Ross Dress For Less will take possession of the building in February. Remodeling should take two or three months.

“It’s great for the center,” says Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos., who is one of the brokers who handled the deal.

With stores such as Friends Fashion and T.J. Maxx already at Eastgate, Boyd says there’s a nice cluster of clothing shops.

“It’s kind of becoming more of a fashion-centric center.”

Boyd says Ross Dress For Less’ two leases here also represent growth nationally and confidence in Wichita.

Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate and Randi Lefko of R.H. Johnson in Kansas City also were involved in the deal.

Ross Dress For Less coming to Wichita

UPDATED — Discount retailer Ross Dress For Less, which is similar to T.J.Maxx, is entering the Wichita market.

“I’m surprised it’s taken them this long . . . because this will be a good market for them,” says Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons.

Malone represented Bldg Management of New York City in the deal for about 25,000 square feet of the former Circuit City space next to Kohl’s in the Westgate shopping center on West Kellogg.

“They’ve got a great price point,” Malone says. “They’re good operators.”

Malone expects Ross Dress For Less to open in the second quarter of 2012.

There is about 11,000 square feet left to lease in the former Circuit City space. Malone says he’s talking to a number of potential tenants.

“We’ve had some people that would fit real good next to Ross,” he says.

This is a difficult time of year for new deals, though.

“Most everybody that’s doing a 2012 store has already made a deal,” Malone says.

He tries to stay on their radars so if another deal falls through, Wichita will be top of mind for retailers.

“That’s the whole point about getting their attention.”

Malone says Ross Dress For Less and Kohl’s make a powerful attraction.

“I mean, now you’ve got a really good lineup.”

Look for news of a possible east-side Ross Dress For Less soon.

PainReliever.com to open first retail outlet in former Circuit City space on East Kellogg

WICHITA — Businessman Tracy Alan Norris, who owns iFurn.com and PainReliever.com among other companies, has new plans for the former Circuit City space at 8405 E. Kellogg.

Norris bought the building, which had been vacant for years, last year and immediately moved his warehouse to the 40,000-square-foot space near the entrance to I-35.

Norris had contemplated putting a furniture showroom there.

“Now it’s completely changed,” says Kaci Dochow, a pay-per-click marketer who works for him.

“We are opening up a pain reliever retail store.”

This will be the PainReliever.com’s first retail outlet.

Wichita-area customers who have realized the Internet company is local have already been picking up their purchases at the warehouse.

“We’re just expanding on that space,” Dochow says.

The retail version of the business will be in about 1,000 square feet near the front and east side of the store where customers have already been stopping by.

“It’s just sort of a test base for us right now,” Dochow says. “If it blows up, we will expand, definitely.”

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Internet entrepreneur Tracy Alan Norris buys east-side former Circuit City building for new headquarters

UPDATED — Some alert readers have noticed lights on in the former Circuit City space on East Kellogg lately.

The building has been empty since Circuit City left years ago.

There’s a new owner of the building, but he’s not ready to say much yet.

Tracy Alan Norris, who owns iFurn.com and PainReliever.com, said in an e-mailed statement that he bought the 40,000-square-foot building at 8405 E. Kellogg, which is near the entrance to I-35.

He’ll use the building as his corporate headquarters and to house his company’s warehouse.

Norris is a former chiropractor who practiced here for 20 years until selling his clinic in 2006 after having success with his online ventures.

His iFurn.com has been selling home and office furniture since 1998.

PainReliever.com has been selling pain relief products since 1997.

Norris plans to open a new venture at the new space in 2011. He’s not sharing details just yet, but Norris says he promises to share the scoop with Have You Heard? when he’s ready.

Norris currently has an office in Legacy Park at 21st and Webb, which is now for lease — which Norris would prefer — or sale.

The 5,600-square-foot building is on about an acre and has what Norris calls “relaxing pond views.”

It’s where he had his chiropractic office and where he has his headquarters for his online businesses until January when he moves.

Norris says there are four treatment rooms, two large offices, a spacious waiting room and conference and break rooms.

He’s asking $795,000. If you’re interested, you can reach Norris at 316-239-6302.