Dandurand Drugstore to open near 21st and Ridge Road

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

WICHITA — Mike Dandurand, who opened his first Dandurand Drugstore on the east side in 1976, has always planned to have a west-side store.

However, “just the way health care is now” held him up.

“Finally, we just decided we don’t know what’s going to happen, we’re just going to do it,” he says.

The new store will be in 3,000 square feet near the northwest corner of 21st and Ridge Road where Westside Flowers by DeOrsey recently moved and Subway and Pho Chopstix already are.

“It’s going to be a hybrid,” Dandurand says of the store. “That means we’re going to do retail, but we’re also going to do compounding. … There’s a lot of pharmacies over there, but there’s not a lot of compounding pharmacies over there.”

Dandurand says that patients – anyone from premature babies to the elderly to even pets – sometimes need medicine in customized dosages, which is what compounding is for.

Dandurand’s main store is at Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock Road. Within that, there also is a long-term care pharmacy that’s strictly for people in care facilities. There’s also a Dandurand outlet inside Wichita Family Medicine Specialists at Carriage Parkway.

In 2005, Dandurand expanded from its original site at Piccadilly to new 7,500-square-foot space at the center where Brick’s used to be.

“It gave us a chance to remodel (while) still in business,” Dandurand says. He says it allowed him to update the store and “make it so it was inviting.”

It’s the same idea with the new store, which will be similar to the Dandurand at Piccadilly, though a little bit smaller.

“We’ll still have a fair amount of space for gifts,” Dandurand says.

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Paintless Dent Repair to have overflow downtown building for next hail season

UPDATED — Next spring, the season that Mother Nature often likes to rain hail storms on Wichita, Tom Dorsett will be moving his Paintless Dent Repair into a building he purchased at 824 E. Murdock.

“We’re going to use it for overflow,” he says.

“We rent a building every year,” Dorsett says of needing extra space in peak times. The Murdock building is one he rented last year.

“We decided it would be a good one to buy.”

Dorsett does work with Auto Craft Collision Repair, and he has an office in the downtown Auto Craft shop. He also has a technician at each of the five Auto Craft shops in the area.

The new space won’t be available until the spring because someone is leasing the 13,400-square-foot building.

Kris Wessel of NAI Martens and Ed Roberts of Real Estate Resources handled the deal for Dorsett’s space.

Dorsett says it makes sense for his overflow space to be downtown since that’s where much of his business is.

“Shorter distance on running cars.”

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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X-Press Signs & Graphics to move and triple its space as the company significantly grows

WICHITA — X-Press Signs & Graphics is moving and more than tripling its space in what is proving to be a stellar year for the 5-year-old company.

“It’s just continued to . . . grow and grow,” says Gregg Wright, who runs the business with his wife, Sandy, and son, Joe.

“We’ve continued to grow through the bad economy, even.”

That could be understating the situation.

“Our business in the first quarter of this year was triple what it was last year,” Wright says. “We actually exceeded last year’s sales just in the first quarter of this year.”

Currently the store, which sells all types of signs and graphics, is in 3,200 square feet at 219 N. West St.

A new 10,800-square-foot store at 3845 W. Harry will open Tuesday. It also has two large bays big enough for semis in addition to the main building.

Kris Wessel of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

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Beds For Less to open on North Rock Road

WICHITA — Hate to pull an “I told you so,” but it was about a month ago when Have You Heard? declared that mattress stores are almost giving yogurt shops a run for their money with so many opening in Wichita.

Further proof:

Wichita’s third Beds For Less store will open Thursday at 3236 N. Rock Road. That’s in the same center as Buffalo Wild Wings.

Owner Dustin Pullman says all the new competition doesn’t bother him a bit.

He opened his first Beds For Less at 6821 E. Kellogg in 2004. A West Kellogg site followed along with one in Manhattan.

Pullman will keep the East Kellogg store in addition to opening the Rock Road one.

He likes the new 3,100-square-foot space for its visibility and high traffic counts.

Kris Wessel and Nathan Farha of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

Pullman says this will be it for more Wichita Beds For Less stores.

“Probably at least for now it will.”

Smart Security and Investigations and Not Just A Cop Shop to move

UPDATED — Smart Security and Investigations and Not Just A Cop Shop are moving this weekend from 626 N. Broadway to 2819 E. Central, which is between Hillside and Grove.

The retail shop is “really the inspiration to move,” says Tina Sidelnik-Reesman, who owns the businesses with her husband, Bruce Reesman.

“It wasn’t a very good storefront,” Sidelnik-Reesman says of the Broadway space. “It just made it really tough for us to be able to sell things. It just wasn’t very consumer friendly.”

Smart Security and Investigations opened a decade ago. It’s a full service security company that offers security guards, private investigation and process serving.

A storefront wasn’t as important for that business as it is for Not Just A Cop Shop.

That’s a retail store that sells products such as Tasers, Mace, GPS tracking devices, alarm systems and Android pads.

It used to be called SSI Equipment and Supply.

“Nobody knew what that meant,” Sidelnik-Reesman says.

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Cheer Fusion moving to the Andover Business Center at 13th and Andover

WICHITA — Cheer Fusion, which offers competitive cheerleading and tumbling training, is moving to Andover.

Kristin and Seth Mountain’s business has been at 8025 E. Douglas across from Towne East Square for more than five years.

“We’ve kind of grown out of the space,” Kristin Mountain says. “Really, we searched for buildings for the past year or so.”

New space was difficult to find because Cheer Fusion needs to be in a building with very high ceilings and lots of open floor space unencumbered by poles or anything else.

“It’s hard to find a building that fits those perfect,” Mountain says.

The new Andover Business Center at 13th and Andover offers just what Cheer Fusion needs, though.

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Industrial Uniform and Logo Depot to move

WICHITA — Industrial Uniform and Logo Depot are moving for the first time since 1965.

“I’m sure we’ve paid for the building about eight times, but it’s part of doing business,” says Jeff Johnson, who bought the business (it’s all one company) last fall with partner Brian Burrus.

The company manufactures and distributes workers’ garments and sells embroidered and screen-printed apparel and promotional products.

It’s been in 38,000 square feet at 906 E. Waterman.

As of Sept. 28, it will be leasing new space a half mile away at 902 E. Indianapolis in a building with not quite 20,000 square feet.

“We didn’t buy one, darn it, because I sure tried,” Johnson says.

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