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.

 

 

 

 

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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Sew Much to open at Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Cynthia Zajkowski has found a new spot for her Sew Much shop, which formerly was in Delano.

She’s opening next week at Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

“I’m bringing fabric back to Parklane,” Zajkowski says.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Prairie Quilts moved from there within the last year.

“I remember coming to Parklane as a kid with my mother,” Zajkowski says. “As long as I can remember, there was a fabric store here.”

She was looking for new space when Dan Beltz of A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center, which also is at Parklane, told Zajkowski how disappointed customers were that there were no fabric shops left there.

“It’s left kind of an empty place where everybody was used to going,” she says.

Sew Much will be in 2,900 square feet a few doors south of where Jo-Ann’s used to be.

Zajkowski will be open by Monday, though there’s a chance she may be able to open Friday or Saturday.

“It may not be the funky, trendy new place to be, but . . . it’s a great place for a fabric store.”

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is moving its Parklane store to Rock Road

WICHITA — Ohio-based Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is moving its east Wichita store to the former CompUSA store at 3665 N. Rock Road.

“Well, you scooped me on this one,” says Lorraine Schuchart, manager of public relations.

“All I know is that it’s happening,” she says of a move. “As we get closer, I will have more information, but I honestly don’t have it at this point.”

The current east-side store is in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

That store will remain open until the new store opens.

At more than 25,000 square feet, the former CompUSA space is substantially larger than its current space.

“It’s a little bit bigger space than they typically take,” says Doug Malone, a J.P. Weigand & Sons broker who handled the deal.

“They can make that extra space work,” Malone says. “They’ll use every bit of that space.”

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