Paradise Donuts and Coffeehouse to open in former Wonder Bread space

UPDATED — A second helping of Paradise is coming to the west side.

Marilyn and Hervey Wright III are opening Paradise Donuts and Coffeehouse near Maple and Maize, which will be the second Paradise Donuts on the west side.

Steve Trask opened one at 3107 W. Central in 2010.

The Tulsa-based Paradise Donuts offers licensing agreements for an area of three to five miles.

“We just have had this in the back of our minds, and the timing seemed to be right,” says Marilyn Wright, who used to work in accounting at Koch Industries.

Hervey Wright was in administration at Friends University for 20 years.

Marilyn Wright says they both grew up loving doughnuts.

Her mother made homemade bread and doughnuts with an inspiring effect.

“Hers were so good that people came to church on Sundays when she provided the fellowship refreshments.”

A young Hervey Wright, who was known as Billy back then, used to perch on a stool to watch his grandmother create cake doughnuts. He once wrote his name on her doughnut recipe card.

“And the doughnuts were forever called ‘Billy Doughnuts,’” Marilyn Wright says.

She says they chose the Paradise affiliation because the brand allows them the flexibility to do their own menu and store design.

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My Dentist to open in former Kwan Court space near 13th and North Rock Road

WICHITA — The former Kwan Court space has sold, but not to a restaurant.

Oklahoma City-based My Dentist is taking the space at 1443 N. Rock Road just north of 13th Street.

“We’re a complete care dentistry,” says marketing project manager Kyearra Morris. “We usually build new, but that one will be a renovation. … It’ll be completely renovated from (the) ground up.”

It’s a $2 million renovation. There’s a chance the company may add on to the almost 7,000-square-foot space, though that’s not the plan now.

“New plans are coming out every single day,” Morris says.

She says there are plans for 12 work stations for hygienists. Initially, there will be one dentist, and a second will be hired almost immediately. Also, there will be a specialist on staff, but the company hasn’t decided if that will be an orthodontist, periodontist or another specialist.

My Dentist started in 1983.

“It has grown to over 40 offices,” Morris says.

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Willowbend Animal Hospital to open on the east side in August

Michael Johnson and his dogs, Marty and Mabel.

WICHITA — Veterinarian Michael Johnson, who has practiced in the Wichita area for 17 years, is opening his own animal hospital next month.

Willowbend Animal Hospital will open Aug. 8 at 7606 E. 37th St. North, which is between Rock Road and Woodlawn.

“I just wanted a facility that I could provide the services that I want to for my clients and my pets,” Johnson says. “Specifically, I’m very passionate about managing chronic pain with pets.”

Johnson says pet owners often are unaware their pets are in pain.

“They expect the pet to act like we do when they’re in pain, and that’s not how they act,” he says.

For instance, he says, dogs are pack animals who wouldn’t want to show pain to others.

“They’d be hiding it if they could.”

Johnson says cats go into seclusion, which may be difficult to differentiate from their regular behavior.

Some issues, he says, owners may chalk up to the aging process, when actually their animals are in pain.

“I just believe that our pets can not speak for themselves,” Johnson says. “They suffer quietly for years with undiagnosed and untreated pain, and they never enjoy life as fully as they could.”

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Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet to open at Westgate Market in September

WICHITA — A new restaurant is going to replace two retail spaces at Westgate Market near Kellogg and Dugan.

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet is taking 12,000 square feet where Payless ShoeSource and Fashion Bug used to be.

“It’s sort of a hybrid between sushi, Japanese Steakhouse and Chinese buffet,” says Sheryl Vickers of Kansas City, Mo.-based Copaken Brooks.

Vickers represented the restaurant in the deal.

Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented New York-based landlord Kimco Realty.

Hibachi Grill manager Michelle Guo says the restaurant will have about 10 bars with various offerings, such as sushi, Chinese food, desserts and homemade breads.

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Ross Dress For Less coming to Wichita

UPDATED — Discount retailer Ross Dress For Less, which is similar to T.J.Maxx, is entering the Wichita market.

“I’m surprised it’s taken them this long . . . because this will be a good market for them,” says Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons.

Malone represented Bldg Management of New York City in the deal for about 25,000 square feet of the former Circuit City space next to Kohl’s in the Westgate shopping center on West Kellogg.

“They’ve got a great price point,” Malone says. “They’re good operators.”

Malone expects Ross Dress For Less to open in the second quarter of 2012.

There is about 11,000 square feet left to lease in the former Circuit City space. Malone says he’s talking to a number of potential tenants.

“We’ve had some people that would fit real good next to Ross,” he says.

This is a difficult time of year for new deals, though.

“Most everybody that’s doing a 2012 store has already made a deal,” Malone says.

He tries to stay on their radars so if another deal falls through, Wichita will be top of mind for retailers.

“That’s the whole point about getting their attention.”

Malone says Ross Dress For Less and Kohl’s make a powerful attraction.

“I mean, now you’ve got a really good lineup.”

Look for news of a possible east-side Ross Dress For Less soon.

Chosen Wok to take former Starbucks space at Westlink Shopping Center

UPDATED — At long last, there is a new tenant for the former Starbucks space in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler.

Michelle Chin and William Tsao are opening Chosen Wok there in December.

“There is a drive-through, and it’s a pretty good location,” Chin says.

They plan to serve traditional Chinese cuisine.

Tsao has a Chosen Wok in Great Bend.

In addition to the drive-through, the restaurant will be able to seat about 40, with more seating on the patio.

It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Handling the deal were Joe Verbeckmoes of Benchmark Real Estate Group, Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand &  Sons.

“We were a little bit limited on who we could bring into that building,” Verbeckmoes says.

Westlink already has restaurants, which have rights of refusal, serving Mexican food, pizza and hamburgers.

Verbeckmoes says Starbucks lasted in the space only six months because shortly after opening, the company announced a plan to shut 700 stores in 2008.

He says that location was just starting to break even.

“It was a corporate decision,” he says. “They just shut ’er down.”

Verbeckmoes says the building is first-class space, and Chosen Wok is an ideal addition.

“This is a great fit for Westlink and for the area.”

Kwan Court building on North Rock Road for sale or lease

WICHITA — It looks like Kwan Court will be closing, most likely at the end of September.

No one with the restaurant could be reached for comment, but J.P. Weigand & Sons’ Doug Malone has a listing to sell or lease the building at 1443 N. Rock Road.

According to a listing announcement that Weigand e-mailed to area brokers today, the property will be available at the end of September.

The almost 7,000-square-foot building, which was built in 1978, has 70 parking spaces.

It’s listed for $1.2 million or is available for lease for $10,000 a month.

Last month, The Eagle reported that Kwan Court accidentally let its liquor license lapse but hoped to get it back soon.

On its website, Kwan Court bills itself as an east-side tradition after being open for more than 20 years.

Look for more information on the space soon.

Northern Tool & Equipment to open in former Michael’s space in Westgate Market

storefrontWICHITA — Crafters used to shop at the Michael’s in Westgate Market on West Kellogg before the chain’s latest Wichita store opened in NewMarket Square.

Now, that Westgate space is going to attract a different kind of craftsman.

Minneapolis-based Northern Tool & Equipment is taking the more than 18,000-square-foot former Michael’s space to sell tools and equipment.

“We make it a very convenient one-stop shop,” says Dave Ross, director of retail merchandising.

The company sells products in several core areas: outdoor power equipment, such as mowers and attachments; trailers and related parts; power washers; material handling goods, such as moving devices and storage units; automotive supplies, such as jacks and engine lifts; and “one of the most expansive tool selections in all hand, air and power tools,” Ross says.

Northern Tool manufactures a private label line of brands as well and is making an entrance into work clothing.

There are 67 Northern Tool stores nationally, with large concentrations in the Midwest, Texas, the Carolinas and Florida.

This will be the company’s first Kansas store.

dougmaloneDoug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the lease for New York-based Kimco Realty Corp., which owns the center.

Ross expects the store to be ready sometime in February.

He says a site selection team identified Wichita as a good market for Northern Tool according to demographics and need for the store’s products.

Ross says a second Wichita store could follow depending on how the first one does.

“We’re obviously interested in the area.”

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is moving its Parklane store to Rock Road

WICHITA — Ohio-based Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is moving its east Wichita store to the former CompUSA store at 3665 N. Rock Road.

“Well, you scooped me on this one,” says Lorraine Schuchart, manager of public relations.

“All I know is that it’s happening,” she says of a move. “As we get closer, I will have more information, but I honestly don’t have it at this point.”

The current east-side store is in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

That store will remain open until the new store opens.

At more than 25,000 square feet, the former CompUSA space is substantially larger than its current space.

“It’s a little bit bigger space than they typically take,” says Doug Malone, a J.P. Weigand & Sons broker who handled the deal.

“They can make that extra space work,” Malone says. “They’ll use every bit of that space.”

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NovaCare Rehabilitation to move locations in Derby

WICHITA — NovaCare Rehabilitation in Derby is leaving its space at 301 E. Madison, where it’s been since 1998.

By early April at the latest, it will relocate to 232 W. Greenway at Towne Center in Derby.

NovaCare has 3,135 square feet now and will have 4,665 square feet in the new space.

Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.