Dillons to do fuel center at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — As promised, Sheila Lowrie contacted Have You Heard? to say that yes, Dillons is putting a fuel center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

For a long time, it looked like the company was preparing to do a gas station there, but there was no confirmation.

First, Dillons demolished the former Twin Lakes Liquor store that was on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Then, Dillons employees at that store started telling customers that the station was coming, but still there was no official confirmation.

Now, Lowrie says Conco Construction will begin the project on Sept. 23. There will be seven fuel dispensers for 14 fueling positions. Look for the project to be completed in November.

Fidelity Bank expands at NewMarket Square

UPDATED — Fidelity Bank already has two branches at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road, but it’s expanding.

“That is one of the fastest-growing areas in the city,” says Al Sanchez, Fidelity’s senior vice president and director of marketing. “We are happy with the business results that we had out there.”

Fidelity has a branch in Walmart. It also has one in the strip center it owns in front of Walmart.

“It’s really more of a drive-up facility,” Sanchez says of the strip center location.

“We’re going to turn that into a full-service banking facility.”

Currently, that site is less than 1,000 square feet.

“When we’re done, we’ll be over 5,000 square feet out there,” Sanchez says.

There will be consumer and mortgage loan officers, a full retail staff of tellers and new account specialists and, for the first time in that area, safe deposit boxes.

The building has been mostly vacant for a while.

“There were a couple of businesses that decided to go elsewhere,” Sanchez says.

He says the bank is taking the entire center.

“It’s going to be much larger.”

WDM Architects is the architect, and Conco Construction is the contractor.

Look for the expanded branch to open this fall.

Beau Monde Spa and Boutique to expand at Comotara Center

WICHITA — Michele Wheeler began contemplating expanding her Beau Monde Spa and Boutique at Comotara Center more than a year ago.

With the entry of six new national competitors in the market, though, she figured she better wait before she made the investment.

She’s not waiting anymore.

“I just decided that it was the right time,” Wheeler says.

She’s adding 2,000 more square feet to her almost 6,000-square-foot space at the center at 29th and Rock Road. That’s where Eccentricity was before moving to part of the former Olive Tree Bistro space.

“I knew we had a great clientele,” Wheeler says.

Still, it was daunting when a new Sephora opened at Bradley Fair and two more opened within JC Penney stores. There also are two new Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance stores, which are at NewMarket Square and Eastgate Plaza, and a Bare Escentuals at Towne East Square.

“I had to wait kind of wait and see what was going to happen,” Wheeler says. “We just had to stay true to our game and let everybody go check it out.”

She thinks Beau Monde has continued to do well in part because customers have “gotten behind that ‘shop local.’”

Also, she says, “It’s a little more personal attention when you come in here.”

In addition to the spa, Beau Monde offers makeup and skincare products.

Wheeler was prompted to finally take the extra space for a couple of reasons.

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Child Start to open West Village Head Start near West Street and Zoo Boulevard this fall

WICHITA — Child Start is opening a new center on the west side. This makes the third new facility in as many years for the nonprofit, which provides early childhood development services.

“We need to be where the children are to serve them,” says executive director Teresa Rupp. “We haven’t been on the west side for, oh, a long time.”

The new center, which will be called West Village Head Start, will open this fall in 9,900 square feet at 1024 N. West St. near West Street and Zoo Boulevard.

With the help of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group, Child Start did a study to analyze existing locations, concentration of income-eligible families and enrollment patterns.

“Once we did that study, there was obviously a need for another location to serve their clientele in the central west area, and this filled that void,” says Jeff Englert, who is with Martens.

He and colleagues Kris Wessel and Nathan Farha handled the deal for the new space. It will include seven preschool classrooms and land for a playground. West Village will serve 183 children.

Conco Construction is the contractor and WDM Architects is the architect.

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Child Start to open Head Start center in European Car Co. space

WICHITA — Late last year, Have You Heard? reported that European Car Co. owner David Leivian is leaving his almost 10,000-square-foot building at 1510 E. Second St.

At the time, he couldn’t say what would be moving into the space.

It’s Child Start, which will lease the building.

Jeff Englert, Scott Salome and Grant Glasgow with Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

Leivian hasn’t announced where he’s moving yet.

Almost $2.5 million in grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are helping Child Start expand.

“We’re going to use this building for the very first of our Head Start centers that serve children zero up to five,” says Child Start executive director Teresa Rupp.

Currently, there are centers for preschoolers and other centers for infants and toddlers.

Rupp says it makes it a lot easier for parents who have more than one child to have children in the same place.

“It just made sense to do it,” Rupp says. “When this Recovery Act money came along, we said, ‘Oh, here’s our chance.’ ”

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