Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America to move to new east-side headquarters

WICHITA — Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will have a new corporate headquarters by the end of the year, and it happens to be across the parking lot from where it is now.

“Their current building is literally due north from … the new building they’ve purchased,” says Stan Churchill, the nonprofit’s legal counsel.

Presbyterian Manors, which has 18 continuing care retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri, currently is in 8,600 square feet at 6525 E. Mainsgate, which is just off of Woodlawn and several blocks north of 21st Street.

Its new building at 2414 N. Woodlawn is 24,000 square feet, though Presbyterian Manors won’t take the entire space. A Marriott call center will remain in about 5,000 square feet.

Churchill says Presbyterian Manors’ new space will undergo renovation before its 35 employees move into the headquarters.

“We’re really totally redoing that area,” he says.

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Moonridge Plaza is the first of two new strip centers near 29th and Tyler

WICHITA — Husband and wife Manzoor and Nargis Ul-Haq are developing a new strip center near 29th and Tyler and have a second one planned.

The first, Moonridge Plaza, is a 12,000-square-foot center at 2923 N. Tyler.

“Demographics over there are absolutely incredible,” says Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial, who is handling leasing at the center.

The Ul-Haqs will take part of the center’s 12,000 square feet to do two shops.

The first is a party store.

The Ul-Haqs’ son, Imran Manzoor, says a party store makes sense because of the lack of places that sell party supplies in that area and the frequency with which people throw parties for their children.

“It’s like a mandatory thing,” he says, laughing.

Manzoor says parents across all demographics throw parties for their kids.

“It’s a given fact,” he says. “Then there’s all other holidays.”

Manzoor says his family is working with Discount Party Supplies of Las Vegas. The store is similar to a franchise. However, they can choose their own name, which they haven’t done yet, and carry whatever supplies they want.

The store should open by Dec. 1.

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New retail center coming to 29th and Tyler

WICHITA — A new retail center is coming to the southwest corner of 29th and Tyler.

Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial is marketing what will be a 12,000-square-foot center.

“This will be a retail building, but we could accept office,” Harkleroad says.

He says a lot of high-end homes are nearby that could benefit from all kinds of businesses at the center.

“The demographics in the area are absolutely incredible.”

Harkleroad says construction should start in the next month.

A Massage Palace & Spa moves to west side

WICHITA — A Massage Palace & Spa owner Laney Grady is moving her 2-year-old business from near Douglas and Grove to 900 N. Tyler near Central and Tyler.

“We had … two break-ins over there,” she says of her previous location. “It was … a really, really bad area as far as for business.”

Grady says the break-ins were seven days apart. In the first one, she says, all her electronics were stolen. Once she replaced them all, that’s when she says the second break-in occurred. Grady says her place was then trashed and had more than $30,000 in damage.

“The insurance company was like, look, if something else happens over there, we might not be able to cover it. It was that bad.”

The new space is 1,472 square feet.

Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial and Rod Stewart handled the deal.

The business, which offers massage, facials and body treatments such as a body wrap, officially reopens on Nov. 1.

Fox Fitness to open on the west side

UPDATED — Jake Fox has been a personal trainer and Brazilian jujitsu instructor for a long time, and now he’s ready to open his own place.

Fox and his wife, Kimberly, are opening Fox Fitness next month at 7330 W. 33rd St. North in the Ridgeport Business Center.

The business isn’t a gym. It will be strictly for personal and small-group training.

“The personal training has taken off really over the last two years,” Fox says.

He describes Brazilian jujitsu as a system of grappling to overpower a stronger opponent. Fox says a person might learn it as a sport or for self-defense.

“It can be really … what the person wants,” he says. “That’s what’s awesome about it.”

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Dan Unruh of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Look for Fox Fitness to open in early June.

Sharon and Alan Fearey buy commercial and residential property at 323 N. Market

WICHITA –Former City Council member Sharon Fearey is one of the most recognizable proponents of Midtown, where she lives, but she’s a downtown supporter, too. Now, she’s also a downtown property owner.

Fearey and her husband, Alan, have purchased the two-story building at 323 N. Market where Sheila Floodman has her Floodman Family Law office. Floodman previously owned the building.

“It just makes sense for her to lease her space versus own the entire building, which she wasn’t utilizing,” says Brent Stewart of KW Commercial, who handled the deal.

Floodman is in the 1,930 square feet on the building’s first floor. There’s also the same size apartment on the top floor. Fearey says she’ll rent that for now, but she and her husband have plans to eventually downsize and live there.

That’s also where former Mayor Joan Cole used to live and have her consulting firm.

Alan Fearey first became interested in a buying a downtown building, then Fearey considered a business venture in the area.

“That has kind of fallen through now, but it did make us start looking at buildings more,” she says.

She says an interest in downtown is a natural progression from Midtown.

“We’re just excited about downtown and excited to be part of it.”


Weigand-Omega Management purchases new maintenance operation facility

WICHITA — Weigand-Omega Management is in the business of managing properties, and now it has a new one of its own.

“We bought a building for our maintenance operation,” says president Bob Hanson.

The company has been leasing space on North Wichita.

“We were outgrowing that,” Hanson says.

The new space is a 2,453-square-foot building at 351 S. Pattie.

DuPont Management previously owned the building.

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Randy Johnston of J.P. Weigand &  Sons handled the deal.

Mini-Mac Inc. to expand to a new building

WICHITA — Mini-Mac Inc., which manufactures spacers for the aerospace industry, isn’t going to be so small anymore.

“We have outgrown our facilities,” owner Bob McNamee says.

He’s currently in about 2,500 square feet at 1912 N. 159th St. East.

His new space, which he’ll move into in the early part of 2012, is more than 10,000 square feet over three buildings at 1703 Southwest Boulevard.

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Mini-Mac will take 5,600 square feet in the main building on the new property, and the rest of the space will be available for lease.

This is the first time the business has moved since McNamee’s late father, Mac, started the business in 1970.

“It was my dad’s hobby that turned into a business,” McNamee says. “He always had a machine shop in the basement I always remember as a kid growing up.”

McNamee says his father “would do odds and ends for people.”

“He did that in his spare time, that was his passion. And then when he retired from Boeing, he had some people that were in the distribution business, and they encouraged him to get into the manufacturing of what we now do today.”

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La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant to open in former La Mesa Mexican Restaurant space on the west side

WICHITA — It’s party time on the west side.

Brothers Jose and Juan Ayala and Jose’s wife, Griselda Hernandez, are opening La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant at 6960 W. 21st St. where La Mesa Mexican Restaurant closed in 2009.

“We are so excited to come to Wichita and put a new business here and meet the people,” Hernandez says.

The family also has La Fiesta locations in Bartlesville and Dewey, Okla., Arkansas City and Wellington.

They plan to open their first Wichita site Nov. 5 and already are looking all over Wichita — the north, east and south sides — and in Derby for more sites.

Jose Ayala says fajitas are his specialty. He’ll also offer rib eyes with traditional Mexican fare and a full bar.

“It’s a huge menu,” Hernandez says.

There’s more than 6,000 square feet in the former La Mesa space.

Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial and Juan-Carlos Salmeron of Realty World Alliance handled the deal.

Salmeron is impressed with Jose Ayala.

“He’s going to make it — no doubt,” Salmeron says. “I have confidence with them.

“They are going to conquer Wichita.”

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.”