Tractor Supply to open Augusta store

UPDATED — Tractor Supply, a national chain that sells lawn, garden and animal care products, is expanding with a new store in Augusta.

The company already has stores on East and West Kellogg.

The new store is tentatively set to open Oct. 10 at the southwest corner of Southwest Diamond Road and East Kellogg. Jeff Englert and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens represented a seller who sold three and a quarter acres to a developer who is a building a building for Tractor Supply.

Englert and Farha’s client has another eight acres near there to sell.

Via e-mail, a Tractor Supply representative said the area is especially attractive because of farmers and horse owners who live and work there.

The store, which will be almost 20,000 square feet, will employ 12 to 17 full-time and part-time employees.

 

Loony Bin closes deal for downtown space

UPDATED — As expected, the owners of the Loony Bin closed a deal this week to buy the 13,000-square-foot building between First and Second streets on St. Francis across from the urban park on the southeast corner of Second and St. Francis.

“We hope to get open probably early fall, September or October at the latest, I would say,” says partner Jeff Jones.

The Loony Bin had been at 21st and Woodlawn in Oxford Square from 1999 until it closed in late March.

The new space is two buildings — one a single story and one that’s two stories — that are attached.

The 3,400-square-foot single-story space is where the comedy club will be. It will hold about 150, which is down from the 299 that the previous space held.

“Although that was pretty optimistic,” Jones says.

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Menards finalizes deal for Derby store

UPDATED — Menards, the Wisconsin-based home improvement chain, has finalized its deal for a store near the southwest corner of East Patriot Avenue and Buckner Street in Derby.

“It’s been a long time coming,” says Grant Glasgow of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group.

Glasgow and colleague Jeff Englert represented North Derby Investments, which sold 46.13 acres to Menards.

Marty Gilchrist and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Menards

The deal, which was in the works for a couple of years, closed Sept. 28 for an undisclosed amount.

“We recently purchased 50.63 acres in Derby, KS and if everything goes as planned, we hope to build a new Menards store on this property some day,” Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said through an e-mail. “We are still in the initial planning stages and no final decisions have been made just yet.”

The total number of acres includes a residential property Menards purchased as well.

Glasgow says he’s not sure when construction will start or when to expect the store to open.

“They weren’t able to share that with us yet.”

This makes the third Menards that will open in the greater Wichita area.

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Simon Property Group hires local firm to market space

WICHITA — It’s not exactly news when new space is available at a mall, but Jeff Englert makes a good case for 8,000 square feet that he and Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group colleagues are marketing at Towne East Square.

“To my knowledge, it’s the first time that Simon used third-party brokers in Wichita,” he says of Simon Property Group, which owns the mall.

Perhaps more significantly, Englert says, “They want to go after nontraditional mall tenants for this.”

Not that he and fellow brokers Nathan Farha and Grant Glasgow won’t look at retail.

“Retail is definitely going to be our first play there.”

However, Simon has had some luck with nonretail tenants, such as Wright Career College.

“They want to explore that some more,” Englert says.

The space is located on the west side of Towne East between Dillard’s and Sears at the second-most busy main entrance of the mall. Englert says it’s possible to add a glass exterior so the space is visible from outside the mall.

After retail, Englert says there could be possibilities such as office users, educational facilities or a fitness center.

He says he’ll soon have news on a new Towne West Square tenant.

“This will be pretty big news, let’s put it that way.”

Look for it in about a month or so.

Child Start to open West Village Head Start near West Street and Zoo Boulevard this fall

WICHITA — Child Start is opening a new center on the west side. This makes the third new facility in as many years for the nonprofit, which provides early childhood development services.

“We need to be where the children are to serve them,” says executive director Teresa Rupp. “We haven’t been on the west side for, oh, a long time.”

The new center, which will be called West Village Head Start, will open this fall in 9,900 square feet at 1024 N. West St. near West Street and Zoo Boulevard.

With the help of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group, Child Start did a study to analyze existing locations, concentration of income-eligible families and enrollment patterns.

“Once we did that study, there was obviously a need for another location to serve their clientele in the central west area, and this filled that void,” says Jeff Englert, who is with Martens.

He and colleagues Kris Wessel and Nathan Farha handled the deal for the new space. It will include seven preschool classrooms and land for a playground. West Village will serve 183 children.

Conco Construction is the contractor and WDM Architects is the architect.

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Child Start moves into its new headquarters

WICHITA — This summer, Have You Heard? reported that Child Start would be moving its headquarters within the Parklane Shopping Center.

This weekend, it’s happening.

Child Start, a nonprofit that provides early childhood development services, is keeping a sliver of its current space but moving the rest of its administrative office to about 30,000 square feet where Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores used to be. That store moved to the former CompUSA space at 3665 N. Rock Road.

The new Child Start space is designed to meet the nonprofit’s needs. Eighty of Child Start’s 250 employees will work there, and there will be training facilities as well.

“In addition to having space that is more flexible for staff, we hope that larger training rooms, increased visibility and new signage will make us more available to families and caregivers as we prepare young children for lifelong success,” said executive director Teresa Rupp in a statement.

Dennis Fitzroy, a vice president with Builders Inc., handled the new Child Start lease at Parklane. Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Child Start. WDM Architects also helped with the new space.

 

 

 

 

Capital Express Inc. opens 8,000-square-foot Wichita warehouse

WICHITA — Capital Express Inc., an Omaha-based courier and logistics company, is now operating in Wichita.

“We have a large customer who asked us to come into this market,” says president Jack Johnson.

Johnson says he can’t say who the customer is.

The 25-year-old company has offices in a dozen greater Midwest cities, including a recently opened Dodge City office.

Johnson says in addition to delivery services, Capital Express helps customers put together systems among various departments in order to streamline processes for deliveries.

“We help them figure out what they need.”

The company’s new Wichita warehouse is in 8,000 square feet at 2544 S. Leonine.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

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Paramount East Antique Mall to open in Augusta in October

WICHITA — About a decade after the first Paramount Antique Mall opened on the west side, a second is opening on the east side.

“We have been doing so well,” says co-owner Cynthia Branch. “Even with the bad economy . . . it has just kept getting bigger and bigger.”

Paramount East Antique Mall will be at 10187 S.W. Highway 54 in the former Walnut Valley Furniture building, which also used to house the White Eagle Antique Mall. That’s an Augusta address, though it’s partway between the main city of Augusta and Andover.

At 20,000 square feet, the building is about half the size of the west-side Paramount Antique Mall at 13200 W. Kellogg.

Branch owns that business with Sandy Hudspeth and their mothers.

Hudspeth, Branch and another partner are opening the east-side store.

Branch says the economy seems to be helping business as shoppers look for deals.

Recycling is a factor, too, she says.

“Everybody buys and repurposes things.”

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Child Start to move within Parklane Shopping Center to former Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores space

WICHITA — Child Start executive director Teresa Rupp first moved the nonprofit, which provides early childhood development services, to Parklane Shopping Center in 1985.

The group “leased 10,000 square feet and thought we had died and gone to heaven,” she says of all the space.

That didn’t last for long. The organization grew to 23,000 square feet, but still it’s not enough.

So Rupp is moving the organization again, this time to new space within Parklane, which is at Lincoln and Oliver.

Child Start is keeping a sliver of its current space but moving the rest of its administrative office to about 30,000 square feet where Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores used to be.

That store moved to the former CompUSA space at 3665 N. Rock Road.

Dennis Fitzroy, a vice president with Builders Inc., handled the new Child Start lease at Parklane. Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Child Start.

Rupp hadn’t planned another move.

“Twenty five years ago, I said, ‘I am never moving 30 people again.’ ”

Now, she has to move 80 of Child Start’s 250 workers, but Rupp says it’s worth it on a number of levels.

The move will allow for more training space.

“We have a lot of people who want to come to train,” Rupp says of child care providers who need certification. “We have to turn people away.”

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Farmers Insurance consolidates and renames two claims offices

WICHITA — Farmers Insurance is consolidating its property claims and auto casualty claims offices into one location at Occidental Management’s Northrock office building at 32nd North and Rock Road.

The 7,000-square-foot space at Northrock isn’t larger than the two offices currently have, nor does it particularly create efficiencies.

“It’s more to give our employees a better facility with . . . nicer and larger conference rooms, training rooms and more work space, basically,” says Rob Koch, assistant vice president of property claims.

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