Crossroads shopping center undergoes remodeling, prepares for large, new tenant

WICHITA — Passersby have noticed some work going on at Phil Ruffin’s Crossroads shopping center at Central and Ridge and wondered what’s happening.

“I’m just remodeling it,” says Jon Cyphert of Jon Cyphert Commercial Real Estate, who is the leasing agent for the center.

He says there was a time the center was always 100 percent leased.

“Things kind of started to shift away, and now I think they’re shifting back,” Cyphert says.

Though the center has been more active in recent years, he says, “I’ve got quite a bit of  space left to lease.”

Twenty-three thousand square feet, to be exact.

State Beauty Supply expanded its presence there in 2012. The Eric Fisher Academy is on the east end, and Gordmans is on the far west part of the property next to the shopping center.

Gordmans got a new roof in 2010, and the center is getting a new roof now.

Cyphert says he has a announcement of a new, large tenant coming within a month or so.

Restaurant roundup: What’s opening — or not — soon

WICHITA — By popular demand, we’re debuting a new mini feature of sorts, which will be a regular “what’s up with that?” update on businesses we’ve already reported on that now are close to either opening, closing or changing in some way.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the list, just let us know.

Today’s collection:

– The new Braum’s at 201 N. Seneca is scheduled to open Nov. 8. This will replace the older Braum’s just around the corner on West Douglas, which will close after business on Nov. 7.

The new 5,756-square-foot store will feature the company’s latest design, which includes two drive-through lanes and seating for 86.

There’s no word yet on when construction might start on Braum’s stores planned near Harry and Rock and just north of the Residence Inn by Marriott at Plazzio at 13th and Greenwich. In May, a company spokesman said both stores are still happening.

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When Pigs Fly to open at Central and Ridge

WICHITA — Last month, Have You Heard? told you about When Pigs Fly, the new barbecue restaurant father and son Ronnie and Brian Choy are planning on the west side with their wives.

Now, they’re ready to name a location.

They’re opening next month at 7011 W. Central in the Crossroads shopping center, which is on the southeast corner of Central and Ridge.

The space will hold about 70 diners in more than 3,000 square feet.

The Choys are remodeling the space, so they’re not yet sure of a specific opening date, but they’ll let us know as soon as they have one.