Developer confirms CVS coming to Central and Oliver

UPDATED — Developer Christian Ablah now confirms what planning documents showed this summer:

A CVS store is coming to the northeast corner of Central and Oliver. Ablah and his father, Don, of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

CVS representatives have yet to confirm that the Rhode Island-based chain of pharmacies is entering the market, but construction already has begun on one of the stores at the southwest corner of 13th and Maize Road.

A CVS also is coming to the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon.

The same planning documents that show replatting for the store at Central and Oliver also show that one is in the works at the southwest corner of Harry and Hillside.

The former Rossiter liquor store will be torn down to make room for the CVS at Central and Oliver, which will also be on property where a bingo parlor used to be. Ablah says that corner, which he says is one of the main ones in College Hill, has been popular through the years with businesses such as the Tower Theater.

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Kwik Shop still coming to 13th and Woodlawn

UPDATED — An alert reader who saw a construction sign go up and then come down wonders if the Kwik Shop is still going to happen at 13th and Woodlawn near the Dillons.

It is, according to Clay Brasher, director of real estate.

“It’s probably a couple of months away from actually starting construction,” he says.

The store will be about 4,000 square feet. There will be eight fuel pumps, which equates to 16 fueling stations.

Brasher says there won’t be a pharmacy but there will be some grocery items.

“It’ll have a pretty good selection of Dillons food at Dillons prices.”

Habitat for Humanity ReStore to move to Plaza West and double in size

WICHITA — The Habitat for Humanity ReStore shop is doubling its space with a move to the Plaza West shopping center at the southwest corner of Central and West.

“We are just growing,” says director Katrina McGuigan. “We’re getting a lot of good stuff coming in from our donors and just needed to find a bigger showroom floor space.”

The ReStore shop is a retail discount home improvement store that has new and used merchandise donated by the public.

“We exist to support Habitat for Humanity,” McGuigan says.

The current showroom is 6,000 square feet at the southwest corner of Harry and Hillside. The new one will be 12,000 square feet and have 3,000 square feet more for storage.

“Our loyal customers will easily follow us,” McGuigan says. “And we’ll have a whole new, fresh set of customers on that side of town.”

She says the new store will be in a more visible, high-traffic area with a Walmart Neighborhood Market in the same center and Dillons across the street.

“This just makes all the sense in the world for us.”

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Kwik Shop to open at Stonebridge

UPDATED — A new Kwik Shop is coming to the Stonebridge development at the southeast corner of 37th Street North and Maize Road.

“Our customers have spoken, basically,” says Clay Brasher, Kwik Shop’s director of real estate. “That’s the main reason.”

Kwik Shop, which is operated by Kroger, has more than 125 stores in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. There are 19 Kwik Shops in Wichita. Kroger-owned Dillons has a number of fuel centers at its stores as well.

“We can use the larger presence,” Brasher says.

Menards anchors the 37-acre Stonebridge development, and Sonic also opened there a few weeks ago. Kwik Shop is the third business to be announced there.

“We feel like it’s going to help us spur even more activity,” says Randy Furstenberg, CFO of Vantage Point Properties, the Stonebridge developer.

“Them going there gives us some momentum that will help us.”

Brasher says he’s not sure how big the Kwik Shop will be yet.

“We’re actually still developing our plans on the size and everything it will include inside the store.”

There won’t be a pharmacy as some Kwik Shops now have, but there will be grocery items.

“It’ll have a large offering of food products in it,” Brasher says.

Construction on the store will start this year and should be completed by spring.

“So it’ll be a pretty quick deal for them,” Furstenberg says.

Vantage Point’s Marty Moody handled the deal with Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons, Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate.

 

 

 

Kwik Shop confirms it’s opening a store at 13th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Kwik Shop president Jeff Parker now confirms what Have You Heard? reported in January.

The chain is opening a new store next to Dillons, its sister company, at 13th and Woodlawn.

“We do intend to open a store there,” Parker says.

It will be Kwik Shop’s 19th store in the greater Wichita area.

The 4,000-square-foot store should open before the end of the year.

Parker says there will be eight fuel dispensers, traditional fountain drinks and some grocery items, such as produce and meat “like we do in most of our other stores.”

“We felt like it was a good fit for . . . the area.”

Kwik Shop also recently opened a new 13,000-square-foot store in Goddard where another one had been torn down.

“It’s got a wide, expansive grocery,” Parker says.

The company isn’t putting a store next to the Dillons at 21st and Amidon as customers had hoped, but Parker says he’s always on the lookout for new locations.

“We continually look for any opportunities . . . that seem to fit.”

Scholfield Auto Plaza to become Wichita Luxury Collection, A Member of the Scholfield Automotive Group, and move to 13th and Greenwich

UPDATED — More than four years after first discussing a possible move, Scholfield Auto Plaza is preparing to break ground on a new luxury auto dealership near the northwest corner of 13th and Greenwich.

President and managing partner Bobby Cuillo says the new showrooms within the newly named Wichita Luxury Collection, A Member of the Scholfield Automotive Group are going on 17 acres behind Home Bank & Trust.

“They’re not going to be over-the-top or ostentatious, but there will be a tremendous amount of thoughtful touches,” Cuillo says. “No detail will be left out.”

Currently, the Lexus dealership is in 16,000 square feet at 11220 E. Kellogg. Next door, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, Porsche and Jaguar share a 30,000-square-foot showroom at 11212 E. Kellogg.

“We’ve outgrown these facilities,” Cuillo says.

The new Lexus showroom will be 26,000 square feet.

Mercedes-Benz is now going to have its own 26,000-square-foot showroom, which will be built at the same time as the Lexus showroom.

“You can see the growth that they’ve projected,” Cuillo says of Mercedes-Benz.

Within two to four years, two other new buildings will be built next to the Lexus and Mercedes-Benz showrooms. Acura most likely will have its own space, and Jaguar and Porshe will share a space.

“From an interruption standpoint … it’s easier to bite off a little at a time,” Cuillo says.

“It just makes better sense.”

Cuillo says construction may start in August, but it could be a little later. “Certainly before the year is out.”

The new showrooms will be across the intersection from Scholfield Buick GMC, which is going on the southwest corner.

At the new showrooms, there will be Starbucks outlets similar to the ones found in Dillons and Target stores.

In the Lexus dealership, there will be a putting green and a multiuse room for cooking demonstrations and salon and spa treatments. Cuillo says he’ll establish partnerships with vendors who can offer his customers diversions while they wait for their cars to be serviced. He does some of that now, but Cuillo says, “This will be on a much grander scale.”

In both dealerships, there will be glass walls at the service areas so customers can watch their cars getting serviced.

Cuillo says building separate showrooms “obviously puts the focus on one brand.”

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Dillons at 21st and Amidon is mum on whether gas station is in the works

WICHITA — With all the new activity at 21st and Amidon, people are wondering if Dillons is ever going to put a gas station where Twin Lakes Liquor used to be.

The building still stands, and there’s no sign of any activity.

Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie won’t say if a gas station is a possibility.

“I can tell you that we’re always exploring options when it comes to how we can expand fuel for our customers because it’s something they tell us they enjoy about shopping with us, but unfortunately at this time I would be unable to confirm future plans for that location.”

 

CVS may come to the Wichita market, starting at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — It appears CVS is working on a deal at the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon, though no one involved is talking.

CVS has been playing a little hard to get with Wichita for the last several years.

In 2006, Have You Heard? reported that the Rhode Island-based company completed its acquisition of 700 Sav-On and Osco drug stores, including 22 in Kansas. A spokesman said that meant Wichita’s three Osco stores – on North Amidon, South Seneca and East Harry – would convert to CVS stores along with 19 others around the state.

Less than a month later, Osco employees here were informed their stores would be closing instead.

Then, in late 2008, sources confirmed that CVS was in the market scouting locations.

For the last few years, phone books have still been running a phone number – although it’s not working – for CVS at 2323 N. Amidon. That’s the former Osco space. There aren’t listings for the other former Osco sites, so it’s led some people to wonder if that’s because CVS is returning to the 21st and Amidon area.

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Cox retail center at Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock to move, but not far

UPDATED — Cox Communications Kansas/Arkansas is moving its retail center at 21st and Rock, but it’s not going far.

The store will move from the Shops at Tallgrass near the northeast corner across the parking lot to the north of Dillons.

“We are just keeping in line with the Cox retail marketing strategy,” says spokeswoman Sarah Kauffman.

At 3,000 square feet, the new store will be larger than the existing one.

“We really want consumers and customers to have an experience when they walk in a Cox store,” Kauffman says.

The new store will be especially hands-on with technology, she says, “where customers can test or try out the products.”

That includes high-speed Internet, digital cable and home phones.

Ish Tamas of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

In about a week, Cox will start remodeling the space, which was where Supplement Giant and Home Fitness Exercise Equipment Co. used to be.

Last summer, owners Wayne and Lisa Ragsdale made their own short jaunt across the parking lot to new space where a former Blockbuster was.

The new Cox store should open in a couple of months.

 

Kwik Shop to open next to Dillons at 13th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — A new Kwik Shop is going to open next to the Dillons at 13th and Woodlawn.

No one with Kwik Shop, a sister company to Dillons, returned calls for comment. But the owner of Mariam’s Quick Mart, who was forced out because of Kwik Shop’s purchase of the land, confirms it.

“It’s no big deal,” Mo Siddique says of having to leave. “It was just too much work for me.”

He also has a Mariam’s at Central and Webb.

“I’m actually glad,” Siddique says of having less work.

His store closed in December.

Siddique says Kwik Shop was supposed to start demolition this month, but that’s been put off for at least a month or so while environmental studies are done.