Casual Male XL to expand at Eastgate Plaza and convert to Destination XL brand

WICHITA — The Casual Male XL store at Eastgate Plaza is going to undergo an expansion and rebranding in the coming months.

The move is part of a national expansion for the Massachusetts-based Destination XL Group.

The company’s new stores, including the one in Wichita, will be called Destination XL. They’ll offer expanded sizes and brands — more than 100 in all — along with wider aisles and bigger dressing rooms.

Currently, the Eastgate Casual Male is in about 3,500 square feet at the east end of the center in a free-standing building. It will expand to about 7,000 square feet. While renovation is under way, the shop will temporarily move to between Kirkland’s and Dress Barn within Eastgate.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. helped with the deal.

The new store should be ready in early 2014.

After more than two decades at Twin Lakes, Fashion Bug to leave by late January

WICHITA — After more than two decades at the Twin Lakes shopping center, Fashion Bug is preparing to close, though it’s not happening just yet.

“We don’t have a close date yet,” says store manager Lindsey Constable.

She says the store will continue to receive new items through the end of this month.

Sales of as much as 60 percent off are under way.

Constable says when Ascena Retail Group bought Charming Shoppes earlier this year, it decided to close the Fashion Bug chain.

Ascena also owns Maurices, Dress Barn and Justice, which are not going out of business.

Although Constable can’t say for certain when Fashion Bug will close, she says it won’t remain in business past the end of January.

Dress Barn to open at Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — Another new business is coming to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

Dress Barn is going to open in 7,800 square feet next to Office Max.

No one with the New York-based company returned a call to comment.

There’s a Dress Barn already in Wichita at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal for the Eastgate space.