Get Air Wichita indoor trampoline park to open at former Big Dog campus

WICHITA — Another company is going to be taking part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown, and this one is an especially fun one.

Get Air Wichita is a giant indoor trampoline park and is part of a growing chain of eight Get Air parks nationally.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity both for me and kids,” says Nancy Deville, who has teamed with other investors to open the business.

“Basically, what really drew me to it is the trampoline because kids love to jump,” she says.

Except she’s hoping adults use the park, too.

“You can burn 1,000 calories an hour jumping on the trampoline,” Deville says. “It’s so much fun.”

Deville is a California-based health book writer, and she says two of the most important things for maintaining health are getting exercise and clearing your mind.

“There’s not enough of that for kids today,” she says of physical activity and time “where you’re just not thinking about anything.”

Get Air will open in 22,000 square feet on New York Street between Douglas and First Street.

The wall-to-wall trampoline will have a number of different areas for various activities, including dodge ball, a basketball dunk and foam pits. There’s also a bungee jump that helps users who can’t do flips on their own.

There will be a toddler area as well.

“That’s really important because then they won’t be intimidated by the older kids,” Deville says.

“Birthday parties are going to be a big part of what we do,” she says. Deville says it makes sense to have something active to do after serving birthday cake.

“What do you do when you’ve got 15 kids with a sugar high?”

There will be teen nights, parities and corporate events “so we can get people out of their office and do team building and confidence building and clearing out mental cobwebs,” Deville says.

There’s also going to be something called GETAIR-obics for exercise.

“I want to see more adults coming out,” Deville says. “How many hours can one person stand on a treadmill staring at CNN?”

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Rowley Snyder Ablah buys former Big Dog Motorcycle building it’s occupied for a year

Part of the upgrades to Rowley Snyder Ablah's newly purchased building include glass blocks in an area that used to have a nonworking door.

WICHITA — When the new Rowley Snyder Ablah ad agency signed a lease for former Big Dog Motorcycle space at 145 N. Hydraulic in the spring of 2011, CEO Bruce Rowley said, “You know there’s something happening down here. This is kind of a vibrant little area with lots of cool stuff going on.”

He and his partners like it so much, they’ve now bought the building from Sheldon Coleman Jr.

“We love the size of it,” Rowley says. “We love the flexibility of it.”

Most of the 3,000 square feet is an open area that Rowley says allows for easy reconfiguration of space depending on what a project might need.

“That was a huge part,” he says. “We’ve already moved ourselves probably four or five times in the year we’ve been in it.”

The agency is making a few upgrades at the building, such as getting rid of a nonworking door that Rowley says “made it sort of look like an abandoned building from the street.”

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McGinty Machine has contract on part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space

WICHITA — In late December, Have You Heard? reported that part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space at 1520 E. Douglas is under contract.

There’s still not a done deal for the 20,000-square-foot warehouse space near Douglas and Hydraulic, which is east of where Big Dog’s 60,000-square-foot showroom was, but now it’s clear who the potential buyer is.

Nearby neighbor Don McGinty is eyeing the space for his McGinty Machine, which is in a 43,000 square-foot building at First and Hydraulic.

“We’re doing our due diligence now,” McGinty says. “It won’t be definite until I say I really want it.”

It depends on whether he can get tax abatements on the property and new machinery he wants to buy. McGinty says he’s looking at a $3 million to $5 million expansion. He says he’s likely to hire 10 to 15 people over the next couple of years.

“We’re just kicking it up a notch,” McGinty says.

That includes likely developing a sheet metal fabrication shop that will do table-top assemblies to serve aircraft companies.

“In the future, they’re going to want (us) to build the small assemblies, maybe to go into the bigger assemblies,” McGinty says.

His father and uncle started the company in the 1940s by making small aircraft parts.

“Now we go up to 40-foot long,” McGinty says.

More and more, he says, aircraft companies want their machine shop vendors to be one-stop shops for all their parts needs.

“That’s the direction we’re moving,” McGinty says.

To make that possible, his first choice is to expand into the Big Dog space. If he doesn’t get the abatements, though, McGinty says he might have to look elsewhere.

“It’s not really my desire,” he says.

McGinty thinks abatements make sense for Wichita for a couple of reasons.

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Part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown is under contract

WICHITA — Part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space at 1520 E. Douglas is now under contract.

No one involved in the deal is talking, but it looks like there’s a contract on the 20,000-square-foot warehouse space near Douglas and Hydraulic. That’s to the east of where Big Dog’s 60,000-square-foot showroom was.

The tract under contract includes an almost 2,000-square-foot office building in front of the warehouse and the land up to the corner of Douglas and Hydraulic. The list price is $850,000.

The deal has not closed yet, but it may soon.

Intrust Bank foreclosed on Big Dog in April, and founder Sheldon Coleman Jr. dissolved the corporation.

He then started a new company, BDM Performance Products, to supply parts, accessories and gear for more than 25,000 Big Dog motorcycles.

The operation is based in Big Dog’s former service and research and development buildings and the former Johnstone Supply building next to where the company’s headquarters was. That property is not for sale.

Jeff Walenta and Scott Salome of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group have the listing on the former Big Dog campus, which they’ll sell or lease.

That includes 101,000 square feet and is listed for $4,020,000, though it now looks like there won’t be a package deal.

 

 

Former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown now on the market

WICHITA — Just down from where the new Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery will be, the former Big Dog Motorcycles space is now on the market.

Intrust Bank foreclosed on the company at 1520 E. Douglas in April, and founder Sheldon Coleman Jr. dissolved the corporation.

He then started a new company, BDM Performance Products, to supply parts, accessories and gear for more than 25,000 Big Dog motorcycles.

The operation is based in Big Dog’s former service and research and development buildings and the former Johnstone Supply building next to where the company’s headquarters was.

Jeff Walenta and Scott Salome of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group have the listing for the other former Big Dog property, which they’ll sell or lease.

The list price is $4,020,000.

The property includes an approximately 80,000-square-foot building, part of which was used for Big Dog’s showroom, and a 20,000-square-foot warehouse.

The properties can be sold separately.

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Z Wireless to open another Verizon Wireless store, this time in Andover

WICHITA — Z Wireless is bringing another Verizon Wireless store to the greater Wichita area, this time in Andover.

“We’re really excited to be in the Andover area,” says Craig Clark, regional manager for Z Wireless’ Kansas and Missouri Markets. “It’s going to be a good market.”

The new store is going in 1,800 square feet at 229 N. Andover Road.

Z Wireless has 70 stores throughout the Midwest, including five in Wichita and a new one in Haysville.

The Andover store will carry a full line of Verizon products and services and will accept bill payments and handle service issues.

Jeff Walenta and Troy Farha of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

Liquor Warehouse to open at Prescott Center near 21st and Maize

WICHITA — Though Greg and Melissa Wilson aren’t locating their new Liquor Warehouse at NewMarket Square, NewMarket is part of what convinced them to choose the 21st and Maize intersection.

The Wilsons’ store will open at Prescott Center near the southwest corner of the intersection in September.

That’s across from the NewMarket entrance by Walmart.

“It’s a perfect draw coming right out of that Walmart exit,” Greg Wilson says.

He says he and his wife looked at several properties in the area, but that one “was going to be much more customer friendly.”

Jeff Walenta and Grant Glasgow of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented the landlord, and Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial represented the Wilsons.

The store will be 3,000 square feet.

Wilson says he won’t know what he’ll specialize in until his customers tell him what they want.

“We have been customers for our entire lives, and no one has asked us our thoughts and our opinions on anything,” he says. “We as customers just accept what folks do with us.”

Wilson says that’s not how he wants his store to be.

“Our notion is let’s mix and match,” he says. “Let’s kind of be the disc jockeys of the retail world and take special requests and take call-in orders and (do) unique packaging.

“The customers run the thing. Not us.”

Kellogg and Oliver could one day be home to a Country Inns and Suites

WICHITA — Jeff Walenta is shopping a 65-room Country Inns and Suites for the southwest corner of Kellogg and Oliver.

“We’re seeing if anybody’s interested,” says Walenta, a broker at Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group.

“They’re a great flag,” he says of Country Inns. “They compete . . . with the others you would think of in the mid-scale segment.”

Walenta is working with his father, Don, to develop the property.

A potential hotel developer would need somewhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million in equity.

“It kind of all depends on where banks are at,” Walenta says.

“We think it’s a good fit if someone would want to do it.”

Houses cleared at Kellogg & Oliver for future development

WICHITA — You may have noticed that about 20 houses have been cleared from the southwest corner of Kellogg and Oliver.

A new development isn’t coming, though — at least not yet.

“We’re just clearing the site,” says Jeff Walenta, who is working with his father, Don, to develop the corner. “We’re just prepping it so we’re better prepared to deliver a site when ready.”

The property is five acres. It’s platted for three pad sites. Ideally, Walenta says he’d like to attract fast food or full-service restaurants.

“Either one would be great.”

Walenta isn’t sure how long potential deals could take.

“That’s always a tough question,” he says.

“The market’s getting better, yes. It’s just finding that right tenant.”