New owner plans improvements at Andover Crossing; Perfect Party to open there

UPDATED — A group called Commercial Equity has purchased Andover Crossing, an almost 10,000-square-foot center near the northeast corner of Kellogg and Andover Road, with plans to remodel it and add tenants.

“We’re putting a new facade on it to make it more modern,” says Adam Clements of Builders Inc., which manages the center.

Clements and Dennis Fitzroy, also of Builders Inc., handled the sale of the 1999 center.

Adam Clements

“We’re going to make it look like a 2012 building,” Clements says. He says there will be new lighting and landscaping and increased signage as well.

Currently, Papa John’s Pizza, Snip N’ Clip and In the Bag Cleaners are at the center. Clements also recently handled a deal to bring a new store, Perfect Party, there.

That leaves one 1,800-square-foot space on the north end of the center. It has drive-through capability.

Former Augusta teacher Cheryl Mercer is opening Perfect Party in 3,000 square feet.

“I’ve always wanted to do my own business,” Mercer says. “It was always just my dream to do a party store.”

She plans to carry all the colors of nearby schools along with balloons and party supplies. Mercer hopes to offer classes, too, for party ideas.

“I love being crafty,” she says.

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In the Bag Cleaners to open 16th store

WICHITA — Dave Coyle is working on his 16th In the Bag Cleaners location.

He plans to open near the northwest corner of Central and Maize in November.

“We kind of jumped on this because it’s going to sit in front of that new Walmart,” Coyle says.

This will make his fifth west-side store.

“It really filled kind of a hole right in the middle of west Wichita for us,” Coyle says. “We didn’t have anything in that big 67212 zip code.”

There aren’t any similar holes on the east side, he says.

“This gives us a really good coverage for Wichita.”

Next, Coyle is turning his attention to Hutchinson, McPherson and Salina, where he doesn’t currently have any stores.

He hopes to have three or four new ones in those cities within the next year.

Coyle says there’s not necessarily growing dry cleaning business, but that’s not keeping his business from growing.

“We’re just working hard to try to take more market share.”

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.