Retail center coming to 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — The intersection of 21st and Amidon continues to get a makeover.

The gas station at the southeast corner is being demolished to make room for a small retail development.

“We’re just going to do a little mini shopping center,” says Larry Cook of Cook Construction.

“We’ve got two really great tenants that are going to go in there,” he says.

Cook says he can’t say who the tenants are just yet.

“We’re real, real close,” he says of the deals.

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You don’t say

Assembly Instructions 1.) Return to Dillons OR 2.) Pay someone $50 to assemble OR 3.) Get a new husband.”

– Instructions that Koch Pipeline president Kim Penner left for his wife, Lynda, after assembling one of two boxes of new patio furniture at her request

“I’m not picking option 3. He’s a keeper.”

– Lynda Penner, who is considering hiring someone to help assemble the rest of the furniture

New Kwik Shop opens in Haysville

WICHITA — It took a few years longer than some Haysville residents hoped, but the new Kwik Shop is opening Monday at the northeast corner of Grand and Meridian.

It looked like a new store was going to open a few years back, but it didn’t happen.

The new store is replacing the Kwik Shop at 424 W. Grand.

At more than 7,500 square feet, the new store is the second-largest Kwik Shop in the chain.

There are six fuel pumps, which means the pumps can fuel 12 vehicles at once.

There’s an expanded cappuccino and condiment bar along with a range of ready-to-go foods, such as pizza and breakfast sandwiches along with a roller grill and toppings bar.

The Kwik Shop also will sell grocery items, including produce and meat from its sister store, Dillons.

Grand opening celebrations will be held Feb. 21 and 22.

Daddy Jack’s Salsa is returning to Dillons

Jack and Bev Lee with jars of their Daddy Jack's Salsa.

Jack and Bev Lee with jars of their Daddy Jack’s Salsa.

WICHITA — It’s been a much longer wait than he anticipated, but Jack Lee says his Daddy Jack’s Salsa will be returning to Dillons stores shortly. He thinks it will be back in time for the Super Bowl.

“I’d rather have been there during the holidays, but we didn’t make it,” Lee says.

The salsa has been a fresh-from-the-tub staple at area Dillons deli departments since the late 1990s. Lee and his wife, Bev, would make and deliver it. They’re at retirement age, though, and thinking to the future. Over the summer, Lee told Have You Heard? he needed to make the salsa shelf stable in order for it to carry on.

Kansas City, Kan.-based Original Juan has created jarred versions of the mild and hot Daddy Jack’s Salsa.

“It’s really quite a laboratory,” Lee says.

“We were just extremely happy with the way it came out.”

He’s especially partial to the hot salsa.

“The hot turned out excellent. We were very happy about that.”

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NAI Martens begins handling management, leasing at Prairie Village Shopping Center

WICHITA — For only the second time in its almost 50-year history, the family that owns Prairie Village Shopping Center has hired a new company to handle management and leasing.

The center, which is at the southwest corner of 13th and Woodlawn, was built in 1964.

“It’s an iconic shopping center for the people who have lived in Wichita,” says Elyssa Seymour, a broker with NAI Martens who is handling leasing.

“It’s a high-traffic center,” she says.

Dillons anchors the center, which is also home to the Candle Club. Kwik Shop opened there earlier this year.

“They’re getting a ton of traffic,” Seymour says. “That’s going to really help draw in visibility and draw in people to the location.”

There are five spaces, or a little more than 12,000 square feet, for lease at the 85,623-square-foot center.

Seymour says there are a lot of houses in the area, and the center is more of a neighborhood market than a destination area.

“The rates will be more competitive,” she says.

Seymour says some updates should be coming to the center, such as remodeling the facade, “just to get it more in line with the market.”

For now, she says, “We just need to put it … back in the front of people’s minds.”

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.

Daddy Jack’s Salsa to become shelf stable and be back at Dillons stores soon

WICHITA — Daddy Jack’s Salsa, a fresh-from-the-tub staple at area Dillons deli departments since the late 1990s, is going away. Founder Jack Lee says it shouldn’t be for long, though.

“We might be kind of like Twinkies,” Lee says. “We’ll hopefully return at some time.”

Lee and his wife, Bev, began making their fresh salsa for Dillons a couple of years after Lee won a salsa competition in 1995. He’s been making salsa since 1972, though.

The 75-year-old says says he’s at retirement age now and is looking to the future.

“To continue the legacy, it’s going to have to be a shelf-stable product,” he says.

A Kansas City-area producer soon will begin cooking the Lees’ salsa, packaging it and delivering it to Dillons stores. Previously, the Lees made it fresh and delivered it to 18 Dillons stores themselves.

“We’ve been trying to get this done for several months,” Jack Lee says of the new arrangement.

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Medicine Shoppe sells to CVS

WICHITA — After two decades in business, the Medicine Shoppe on West 21st Street a half mile west of 21st and Amidon is closing.

“It really was such perfect timing because I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete against the big three there,” owner Ricky Tejeda says of Dillons and Walmart, which are already at the intersection, and the new CVS that opens on the northwest corner on Sunday.

“The piece of the pie is just getting smaller and smaller.”

Tejeda says CVS bought his business.

“Yeah, they did because they didn’t want to open up with zero prescriptions,” he says.

CVS also offered him a job, which he’ll take, though Tejeda isn’t sure how long he’ll stay.

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Former Dillons space at Douglas and Meridian sells and will be leased

WICHITA — The former Dillons at the southwest corner of Douglas and Meridian has sold, and a new occupant is likely to be in the building relatively soon.

Tom Schmeidler and a group of investors called DOME LLC — for Douglas and Meridian — closed on the building last week and are looking to lease it.

“There’s a couple of different entities that are very interested in it,” Schmeidler says.

One would take the entire 20,000-square-foot space, but Schmeidler says he’s opening to dividing the space between users.

The size of the building and its parking — there are about 120 spaces — made the purchase attractive, Schmeidler says.

“It’s a very stout building,” he says. “It’s a block building.”

It also has a basement.

“It’s in the core of Wichita, so if somebody needs to be close to downtown … this is close enough, plus this has the parking,” Schmeidler says. “There’s few buildings that are close to downtown that have the availability of that much parking.”

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the sale. Saville also is representing DOME in leasing the space.

Construction to start within weeks at new Kwik Shop at 13th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — It was January 2012 when Have You Heard? first reported that a Kwik Shop is going to open next to the Dillons at 13th and Woodlawn.

In June, Kwik Shop confirmed that it would happen, but then construction got held up.

Now, it really is about to start.

“We’ve worked out all the details of the project,” says Clay Brasher, Kwik Shop’s director of real estate.

“We just needed to work through lease documents,” he says. “We’ve gotten beyond all that now.”

Within the next few weeks, Brasher says the company “will get some things in motion there.”

Once construction starts, he says, “We’re probably realistically looking at around four months or so from start to finish.”