Sara Lee Bakery Outlet to move to Lexington Square

WICHITA — A new Sara Lee Bakery Outlet is opening on the west side, and the one at 2536 S. Southeast Dr. is closing.

“We’re basically moving that store over to the new site,” says retail sales manager Ray Christ.

The store will open in about a month at Mike Hampton’s Lexington Square at the southwest corner of Maple and Maize.

The outlet, which is owned by Mexico-based Bimbo Bakeries, sells baked goods such as bread and cakes. It carries a number of brands, such as Sara Lee, Rainbo and Oroweat.

“We’re naming it Sara Lee because that’s a recognized brand here in Wichita,” Christ says.

The company operates as Bimbo in Topeka, which is where the Wichita products are made.

Christ says if he says Bimbo here, Wichitans “look at you cross eyed. What’s Bimbo?”

“It hasn’t really spread down here to Wichita yet.”

Until about a year ago, Bimbo had a Rainbo Bakery next to the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet on Southeast Drive.

“We closed the bakery just because it was old, rundown and not worth investing the capital to put new equipment in there,” Christ says.

The company then put the property up for sale, and it sold more quickly than expected.

Christ says the Sara Lee on Southeast Drive has to close Sept. 22.

“We’re trying to keep everything progressing as rapidly as possible so there’s not any lost time, if any.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

There’s a second Sara Lee in the Indian Hills Shopping Center at 13th and Meridian.

Christ says an east-side outlet is possible in the future as well.

At Lexington Square, where Sara Lee will join Yoder Meats and Ultimate Avon Beauty Center, Hampton owns Rolling Hills Wine & Spirits.

He says he’s always joked about having beer, beef and beauty at the center.

“And now we’re going to be able to say bread,” Hampton says. “I thought it was kind of funny.”

Polished. to open at the Waterfront

WICHITA — Another new business is opening at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb.

Polished. – with a period to make a point – is a full-service nail salon, but owner Lisa White thinks she can set her business apart with its atmosphere.

“It’s just going to be kind of a little more customer friendly, a little more tailored, a little more detailed toward the customers and their care and their nail care,” she says.

White says a lot of nail salons rush their clients in and out. She feels the salon atmosphere “really could be stepped up a notch.”

There will be a private room for custom pedicures and for people who want to have pedicures in pairs.

White plans to eventually offer parties as well.

“I’ve got some really great party ideas that I’d like to include down the road.”

Polished. will open in the former Fitness Together space, which is 1,525 square feet, next to Doc Green’s in early September.

White says she’ll have a small retail area “which I hope to grow.” Initially, that will include nail products. Eventually, there may be such items as jewelry and candles.

Don Piros and Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the space.

White has been in the assisted living industry for almost 20 years.

“I’ve just always wanted to own my own business.”

White has been working on Polished. for two years, but she experienced a few holdups along the way.

“It’s all coming together now,” she says, “so it’s exciting.”

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming to open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb

WICHITA — If you heard rumblings of a Wolfgang bringing some tasty treats to a new pink-and-brown, chandelier-lit bakery and boutique on the east side, it wouldn’t be surprising if you wondered whether international chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck might be bringing one of his concepts here.

Turns out, it’s Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming that will be opening in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

“It’ll definitely be probably the most unique pet store that people in this market have seen,” says Lisa Chamberlain, who is opening the business with her husband, Albert Cipo.

“Most people are like, ‘This is for dogs?’ ”

The two had another Woof Gang franchise in Houston but wanted to move back home to Wichita.

The business is a combination store, bakery and grooming site.

Chamberlain says she plans to have grooming for dogs and cats.

“Hopefully, if I can find a groomer who does cats,” she says. “That’s an if.”

Chamberlain says she tries to do kennel-free grooming in a short amount of time to keep down an animal’s stress level.

“Our grooming is more of a spa-type setting,” she says.

That includes “pawdicures” and blueberry facials with natural products.

“The dogs love it,” Chamberlain says. “It’s like lick, lick, lick.”

Woof Gang also will have an all-natural bakery for special-occasion cakes and treats.

“It is a bakery for pets,” Chamberlain says. “We have all sorts of treats.”

She says Woof Gang also will sell holistic food, including dry and wet food and raw and freeze-dried food.

There also will be chews, bowls, beds, collars and leashes.

“We’re a little more of a boutique feel,” Chamberlain says.

The 2,000-square-foot store will open in October.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Ideally, we’d like to do more than one,” Chamberlain says.

The plan is to open a second Woof Gang on the west side within a year after the first one opens. Then the Kansas City area is a possibility, she says.

“It’s a long-term plan.”

Pink Saloon to move to Waterfront addition

UPDATED — After a period of some hard consideration, Brooke Hebert has decided to move her Pink Saloon from Douglas and Oliver to the new addition of the Waterfront at the northwest corner of 13th and Webb.

“It’s been really good where we’re at, so it wasn’t an easy decision,” she says.

Pink Saloon, a women’s clothing shop, had been in El Dorado for three years before moving to Wichita five years ago to the same center where Aspen Boutique is.

Hebert says her business has grown every year she’s been in Wichita, but she says the majority of her clients are in east Wichita.

“They come from all over,” Hebert says, but “the east side’s really strong for us.”

waterfrontThe new Whole Foods Market, which is set to open at the Waterfront on Sept. 10, is part of the lure.

“Whole Foods, obviously, is a great anchor,” Hebert says.

She says she also likes other tenants at the Waterfront, which includes a more developed addition on the northeast corner.

On the northwest corner, the 51,000-square-foot first phase is nearing completion.

In the Bag Cleaners last week announced it will have a store there, and Equity Bank also will be to the north of the building that will be home to the cleaners, Pink Saloon and Whole Foods. There are spaces for several other tenants as well, and there’s another 14,000-square-foot building coming with the second phase of development. It will be between the bank and the first retail center. There also will be a smaller building in front of the second center with up to 4,000 square feet.

“We are getting ready to start Phase 2,” says the Waterfront’s Stephen Clark II.

He says Pink Saloon will make a great addition.

“You’re starting to see now how visible this center is, and I think that location will make a big difference for her,” Clark says.

Hebert says her store will have a new look.

“It’s going to be completely different, actually, as far as the aesthetic,” she says.

“The space is going to be really cool,” Clark says.

Hebert won’t share details yet, though.

“It’s going to be a surprise.”

She says the new store will be ready sometime in the fourth quarter.

At 1,800 square feet, Hebert says, her store will be smaller than her current 2,800 square feet, but “it’s not going to change our product mix.” She says she may even expand some lines.

Hebert says she’s excited about the move.

“Anytime you change and evolve, it’s just really exciting.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Carl Hebert is Brooke Hebert’s brother-in-law. This was the first time the two worked together.

“He really helped me through this process,” Brooke Hebert says. “It was really fun to work with him.”

Law Kingdon Architecture designed the center, and the Law Co. is the contractor.

“We’re about where we’d thought we would be,” Clark says of the center’s progress. “Things are going well.”

He says there should be more news soon.

“We’ve got some great tenants that have signed up and that we’re talking to.”

Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop to move to Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Call him crazy, but J Williams is once again moving his Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop.

Crazy Jay’s is currently in about 14,500 square feet at Lincoln and Woodlawn. It’s moving to 15,000 square feet at the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in September.

This will make the fourth place the business has been since it opened in 1997 as Crazy Jay’s Bed Shop at 13th and Waco.

“What’s prompted the move (is), really, in my opinion this part of the neighborhood has really kind of died off,” Williams says.

He says a few businesses, including a diner, left the area. Williams says he’s now the primary anchor at the center he’s in.

“It’s just that there’s not a lot happening,” he says.

Williams started with 11,000 square feet at his existing space and added 3,400 square feet after Tuesday Morning moved.

“We’re kind of a happening business, and we need to be where things are happening,” he says. “It’s just kind of a logical move.”

At Parklane, he says he likes that Rent-A-Center and Basham Rent To Own also are there.

“We’re anxious to get on with the move,” Williams says.

He says the stockroom at his new space will be on a separate floor than the showroom, which is a step up from what he has now.

“The thing I never liked about this really is the stockroom is visible from the showroom.”

He says that created a warehouse feel, “which we don’t really like.”

Williams says the store, which is open seven days a week, will open in its new space around the third week of September.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Once we get this situated, I am considering a west-side mattress-only concept,” Williams says. “I’d kind of like to go back to our roots.”

He says the west side is where he lives, and it makes sense to open a store there.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on out there.”

Second Wichita-area Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to open on west side

WICHITA — There’s a new strip center under construction in front of the Academy Sports on North Maize Road, and its first tenant is a familiar one.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is going to open in 2,200 square feet when the almost 7,000-square-foot center is completed just north of Panda Express.

Newton residents Shawn and Madeline Stobbe are opening the first Wichita-area Dickey’s in their hometown on Thursday.

Topeka resident Ryan Wenrich, who also is a Quiznos franchisee, is opening the west Wichita Dickey’s.

Wenrich says it’s “kind of a blossoming area. It makes sense. There’s a lot of rooftops around there.”

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Lalo’s Express Mexican Food moving to larger space

WICHITA — Almost a decade after opening, Jose Bernal is getting ready to move his Lalo’s Express Mexican Food to expanded space.

The restaurant has about 15 seats now in its space at the northwest corner of Harry and Seneca.

In March, it’s moving to former Taco Tico space at 2051 S. Seneca.

“That’s about four-to-five times bigger,” says Lenny Diaz of Realty Executives of Wichita.

Diaz and Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Diaz says Bernal’s business has been growing for years.

“Oh, my god, yes,” he says. “The demand has been so great, he’s going to have a sit-down restaurant.”

The new restaurant will have about 100 seats and a bar.

The Mexican food Bernal serves is “delicious,” Diaz says. He particularly recommends the Kansas Burrito, which he says is big enough to feed two.

Remodeling is underway, and the new space should be ready in early March, Diaz says.

He says the restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. because Bernal “has business all the time.”

Cycle Gear to open in Wichita

UPDATED — Cycle Gear, which bills itself as the country’s leading retailer for motorcycle accessories and apparel, is coming to Wichita.

The chain is taking 3,100 square feet at 3236 N. Rock Road, which is in the same center as Buffalo Wild Wings.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Cycle Gear, which is employee-owned, has 105 stores in 33 states. It has another Kansas store in Lenexa. According to the store’s website, Cycle Gear tries to be involved with riding in the communities where it has stores, such as sponsoring events.

The almost 40-year-old company also likes to be known for 30-day best-price guarantees and hassle-free helmet exchanges.

Via e-mail, company spokesman Johnny Lin says the company is “very excited” about a Wichita store. Lin says it’s “a very vibrant motorcycle market” with more than 20,000 riders.

Look for the store to open in March.

 

 

Vanderbilts to relocate to Cherry Creek Shopping Center at Harry and Rock Road

WICHITA — Vanderbilts, the western and work wear store, is moving its east-side store to make way for the expansion of Kellogg.

The store has been near the southwest corner of Kellogg and Webb Road for 11 years.

In late January, Vanderbilts will move to the former Hollywood Video space in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at Harry and Rock Road.

Store manager Debi Adelhardt says Vanderbilts currently is in an approximately 7,000-square-foot building but uses only 5,000 square feet of it. The new store will be in 5,000 square feet as well.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Wamego resident Dave Vanderbilt opened his first Vanderbilts in 1973 and expanded to Wichita with a store in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in 1985.

Company comptroller Mike Grothe now owns the Wichita stores, which includes one on the southwest corner of Kellogg and Tyler. There are eight Vanderbilts stores in Kansas and one in Missouri.

Adelhardt says Cherry Creek was attractive in part because of its size, the store’s location in front of the center and the amount of traffic that goes past it.

“It just seemed like a good fit.”

Smoothie King and two other businesses to open in former Rock Island Depot space

UPDATED — Some people buy sports cars or take extravagant trips for their midlife crises, but Neil Bhakta is choosing to share his with all of Wichita by opening three new businesses.

The Smoothie King partner is planning his fourth Smoothie King site, this time downtown in the former Rock Island Depot, where he also plans a new restaurant and venue space.

“This is going to be my midlife crisis project right here,” Bhakta says.

“I love the building that we’re going into.”

Old Town Martini, which was the last business there, closed in 2009.

Occidental Management purchased the building earlier this year as part of its purchase of the Union Station campus. The company plans a mixed-use development, which will have retail and office space and possibly residential as well. Smoothie King is the first announced tenant.

“It’s good to get the first one done,” says Chad Stafford, Occidental president. “We’re excited to get rolling down there.”

Stafford thinks Smoothie King will do well.

“It’s going to do terrific,” he says. “Certainly there’s a lot of traffic. … That site, as it begins to develop and get rolling, we’ll have a lot of visitors to it.”

Bhakta says Occidental will restore the exterior of the building.

“It’s going to be a nice project.”

It’s one he says he previously wouldn’t have even considered.

In the dozen or so years of having Smoothie King, Bhakta says, “We never looked at downtown.”

That’s even though he grew up in the area.

“We actually left,” Bhakta says. “Downtown in the ’90s, we didn’t have much faith in it … coming back.”

That’s what has happened, though, he says.

“What they’ve done downtown is amazing.”

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