Wal-Mart keeps eyeing Wichita intersections for Neighborhood Markets

WICHITA — The Wal-Mart way is, not surprisingly, to not talk about any of its deals for new stores until they’re practically built — and maybe not even then.

But sources say the Arkansas retailer is still heavily scouting Wichita for more potential Neighborhood Markets.

As Have You Heard? previously reported, Wal-Mart has plans for its smaller grocery concept at Central and Maize and at Central and West.

Also, 31st South and Seneca is still percolating.

Though the company has looked at just about every important intersection in the city — and beyond — a few places that may be of particular interest keep popping up.

The chain is seriously eyeing Providence Square, the former KenMar shopping center, at 13th and Oliver. A letter of intent may even be imminent.

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Community Housing Services to move to former Alan Appliance Service building

WICHITA — The former Alan Appliance Service building at 1300 E. Central is going to be the new home of Community Housing Services.

“We try to build houses for low-to-moderate income people,” says the nonprofit’s Danny Jakub.

Jakub is the contractor for houses the group builds or renovates, and he’s also the contractor converting the 8,000-square-foot former shop into offices.

Community Housing currently is in Providence Square (formerly KenMar) at 13th and Oliver.

Community Housing’s rent was going to go up due to renovations the new owners of the center made.

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Bud Gates to bring Easyhomes to Wichita

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WICHITA — For the first time, Bud Gates of Easygates is bringing two of his Easyhome stores to Wichita.

He has eight others elsewhere, including stores in the Kansas City area and Salina.

The stores sell, lease or lease to own home furnishings, electronics and appliances.

The two here will be in the former KenMar shopping center at 13th and Oliver, which is now called Providence Square, and on Pawnee near Broadway in front of Wal-Mart.

The stores will be about 5,000 square feet each.

The one down south will be in a new building, which Larry Cook of Cook Construction is building. Construction has just begun.

The other store, which Coast to Coast Builders is preparing space for, should be ready within a few weeks.

“We’re very excited to be going in there because of the work they are doing and the development they are doing around that center,” says Chris Prater, president of sales and finance for Easygates.

He says the redevelopment of that center is part of what attracted Easyhome.

Prater says there are no other plans for more Easyhomes here yet, but he says, “We will most likely do some more here.”