Fair’s Shoe Store to close by March

WICHITA — One of the city’s oldest retail outlets is closing.

Fair’s Shoe Store in the Indian Hills shopping center at 13th and Meridian will go out of business by March.

“It has, unfortunately, been less than profitable for us over the last four years,” says general manager Andy Warren.

He says his family had planned to close Fair’s, which he thinks has been in business since the 1940s, in 2010 when it opened a New Balance and a Heads shoe store in the former Blockbuster space at 10231 W. 21st St. near Maize Road.

The family decided to keep Fair’s open and continue selling comfort shoes at a more moderate price.

“It just turned out to be a strategy that didn’t work,” Warren says.

He thinks there’s still a market for moderately priced comfort shoes.

“It’s probably being served at places like Famous Footwear, Shoe Carnival, Target and Walmart.”

Warren says the family’s other four stores are doing fine.

“The one out west has been kind of a bumpy road since they did the road construction over the summer, but it’s picking up where it left off.”

Domino’s to move west-side store to 21st and Maize area

WICHITA — Domino’s franchisees Mike and Stacia McKnight are moving their restaurant near Central and Tyler to new space near 21st and Maize after the close of business on Monday.

“It has a pick-up window that we’ll be able to utilize, and the corner is busier,” Mike McKnight says of the new space.

The restaurant, which will have delivery in addition to the drive through, will be in part of the former In the Bag Cleaners space. That’s in the same center where the new Heads and New Balance shoe stores are.

In the Bag owner David Coyle found he didn’t need the approximately 2,600 square feet that Best Cleaners used to use as a plant after he bought that store.

“It was just way too much space,” Coyle says.

He’ll now have 1,100 square feet.

“It’ll make a big difference.”

There will be a second drive-through lane next to the Domino’s drive through for a Bank of America ATM.

The McKnights, who have two Domino’s stores here, three in Topeka and six in the Kansas City area, want to open more in Wichita.

Mike McKnight says, “We think total, the market would be able to handle six to seven.”

Look for more lease signings soon.