New commercial development coming to 21st and Maize Road

WICHITA — There’s a new development coming near the southwest corner of 21st and Maize Road behind Bank of the West.

A group of as-of-yet unnamed developers are purchasing the former New Medical Health Care building, razing it and building a new 10,000-square-foot center for retail and restaurant space.

Last year, New Medical moved to 21st and Ridge Road by Braum’s.

The new development group will have a total of almost three acres and may build a second phase for offices.

There will be access to the development from both 21st Street and Maize Road, “which makes this an extremely attractive property,” says Cory Harkleroad, managing director of KW Commercial.

Harkleroad is handling the sale of the property and has already landed two tenants.

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Chick-fil-A campaign aims to bring more of the restaurants to Wichita

chickWICHITA — Commercial broker and Chick-fil-A fanatic Cory Harkleroad started a one-man campaign to bring more of the restaurants to Wichita, but two weeks after creating a Facebook page to promote the idea he has more than 7,000 friends who have joined him.

“It just went crazy,” says Harkleroad, the managing director of KW Commercial.

“Anytime you can get 7,000 people . . . that’s a pretty solid message to me.”

There’s a Chick-fil-A at Wichita State University, but Harkleroad says the menu and hours are limited, and it’s not easily accessible to the average diner.

Harkleroad is encouraging his new friends to bombard Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A with requests to bring more of the restaurants here.

“I really think the best thing that could happen is everybody just flood the Chick-fil-A site with requests.”

His Facebook page has inspired comments such as these:

“i moved to overland park and they have them all over up here, i can never move back to wichita now.”

“I would easily be Chick-Fil-A’s number one fan. I have to drive to Dallas just to get their great chicken nuggets!”

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