Retail center coming to 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — The intersection of 21st and Amidon continues to get a makeover.

The gas station at the southeast corner is being demolished to make room for a small retail development.

“We’re just going to do a little mini shopping center,” says Larry Cook of Cook Construction.

“We’ve got two really great tenants that are going to go in there,” he says.

Cook says he can’t say who the tenants are just yet.

“We’re real, real close,” he says of the deals.

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Lubbers East in Andover has closed

WICHITA — After about a dozen years in business, Lubbers East in Andover has closed.

“We moved out there in 2002, and we had some pretty good years,” says Denny Lubbers.

He and his brothers own Lubbers Ford and Lubbers Chevrolet in Cheney and Lubbers Hutchinson.

The Andover dealership opened in leased space at the northwest corner of Kellogg and Andover Road and then moved just west of that site a couple of years later when Kwik Shop wanted the space.

“It was still fine,” Lubbers says of business.

“In the last few years … it’s gone downhill for whatever reason,” he says. “I don’t think we’ve lost our passion or desire to do business over there, but it started to become a drain on our profitability.”

Lubbers says he thinks bigger dealerships in the area hurt his business because car shoppers would rather go somewhere with larger selections.

“We tried some different things,” he says of trying to increase business.

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New Kwik Shop opens in Haysville

WICHITA — It took a few years longer than some Haysville residents hoped, but the new Kwik Shop is opening Monday at the northeast corner of Grand and Meridian.

It looked like a new store was going to open a few years back, but it didn’t happen.

The new store is replacing the Kwik Shop at 424 W. Grand.

At more than 7,500 square feet, the new store is the second-largest Kwik Shop in the chain.

There are six fuel pumps, which means the pumps can fuel 12 vehicles at once.

There’s an expanded cappuccino and condiment bar along with a range of ready-to-go foods, such as pizza and breakfast sandwiches along with a roller grill and toppings bar.

The Kwik Shop also will sell grocery items, including produce and meat from its sister store, Dillons.

Grand opening celebrations will be held Feb. 21 and 22.

Haysville is getting a new Kwik Shop

WICHITA — At long last, Haysville is getting a new Kwik Shop.

It looked like a new store was going to open a few years back, but it didn’t happen.

Now, one is under construction at the northeast corner of Grand and Meridian. It will replace the current store at 424 W. Grand.

“Haysville has been under review for some time by Kwik Shop,” director of real estate Clay Brasher said in an e-mail.

“Kwik Shop is extremely excited about the current store project, and we feel that our customers will be as well. Kwik Shop has received a lot of feedback from our customers in the Haysville community suggesting an upgrade to our current facility and offering, and we are very happy to be able to provide just that.”

At more than 7,500 square feet, the store will be bigger than Kwik Shop’s other new stores at 37th and Maize Road and 13th and Woodlawn.

There will be an expanded grocery area with more fresh items.

Look for the new Kwik Shop to open in 2014.

NAI Martens begins handling management, leasing at Prairie Village Shopping Center

WICHITA — For only the second time in its almost 50-year history, the family that owns Prairie Village Shopping Center has hired a new company to handle management and leasing.

The center, which is at the southwest corner of 13th and Woodlawn, was built in 1964.

“It’s an iconic shopping center for the people who have lived in Wichita,” says Elyssa Seymour, a broker with NAI Martens who is handling leasing.

“It’s a high-traffic center,” she says.

Dillons anchors the center, which is also home to the Candle Club. Kwik Shop opened there earlier this year.

“They’re getting a ton of traffic,” Seymour says. “That’s going to really help draw in visibility and draw in people to the location.”

There are five spaces, or a little more than 12,000 square feet, for lease at the 85,623-square-foot center.

Seymour says there are a lot of houses in the area, and the center is more of a neighborhood market than a destination area.

“The rates will be more competitive,” she says.

Seymour says some updates should be coming to the center, such as remodeling the facade, “just to get it more in line with the market.”

For now, she says, “We just need to put it … back in the front of people’s minds.”

Kwik Shop to open at Stonebridge June 26

WICHITA — As Have You Heard? reported in September, a new Kwik Shop is coming to the Stonebridge development at the southeast corner of 37th Street North and Maize Road.

It now has an opening date: June 26.

Kwik Shop, which is operated by Kroger, was the third business to announce its opening at Stonebridge followed by anchor tenant Menards and then Sonic last fall.

At the time, Kwik Shop director of real estate Clay Brasher said customers had been asking for a store in that area, and he said Kwik Shop wanted to expand its presence.

The store will have 10 fuel pumps, which can serve 20 vehicles for gas and diesel.

In addition to traditional Kwik Shop offerings, there will be grocery items and fresh food available. Brasher said the food selection will be extensive.

Construction to start within weeks at new Kwik Shop at 13th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — It was January 2012 when Have You Heard? first reported that a Kwik Shop is going to open next to the Dillons at 13th and Woodlawn.

In June, Kwik Shop confirmed that it would happen, but then construction got held up.

Now, it really is about to start.

“We’ve worked out all the details of the project,” says Clay Brasher, Kwik Shop’s director of real estate.

“We just needed to work through lease documents,” he says. “We’ve gotten beyond all that now.”

Within the next few weeks, Brasher says the company “will get some things in motion there.”

Once construction starts, he says, “We’re probably realistically looking at around four months or so from start to finish.”

Kwik Shop at 13th and Woodlawn in flux

WICHITA — There’s still a good chance a Kwik Shop is coming to 13th and Woodlawn, but it’s not for certain.

“It remains to be seen,” says Clay Brasher, Kwik Shop’s director of real estate.

“There’s some things that we’re working through,” he says of working with the center on the southwest corner. “It’s just kind of been an ongoing discussion.”

The chain hopes to build a 4,000-square-foot store with eight fuel pumps, which equates to 16 fueling stations.

If it happens, there won’t be a pharmacy but there will be some grocery items.

Brasher says a decision will come sooner rather than later.

“We still believe that we’ll get (it) done at some point.”

Kwik Shop still coming to 13th and Woodlawn

UPDATED — An alert reader who saw a construction sign go up and then come down wonders if the Kwik Shop is still going to happen at 13th and Woodlawn near the Dillons.

It is, according to Clay Brasher, director of real estate.

“It’s probably a couple of months away from actually starting construction,” he says.

The store will be about 4,000 square feet. There will be eight fuel pumps, which equates to 16 fueling stations.

Brasher says there won’t be a pharmacy but there will be some grocery items.

“It’ll have a pretty good selection of Dillons food at Dillons prices.”

Kwik Shop to open at Stonebridge

UPDATED — A new Kwik Shop is coming to the Stonebridge development at the southeast corner of 37th Street North and Maize Road.

“Our customers have spoken, basically,” says Clay Brasher, Kwik Shop’s director of real estate. “That’s the main reason.”

Kwik Shop, which is operated by Kroger, has more than 125 stores in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. There are 19 Kwik Shops in Wichita. Kroger-owned Dillons has a number of fuel centers at its stores as well.

“We can use the larger presence,” Brasher says.

Menards anchors the 37-acre Stonebridge development, and Sonic also opened there a few weeks ago. Kwik Shop is the third business to be announced there.

“We feel like it’s going to help us spur even more activity,” says Randy Furstenberg, CFO of Vantage Point Properties, the Stonebridge developer.

“Them going there gives us some momentum that will help us.”

Brasher says he’s not sure how big the Kwik Shop will be yet.

“We’re actually still developing our plans on the size and everything it will include inside the store.”

There won’t be a pharmacy as some Kwik Shops now have, but there will be grocery items.

“It’ll have a large offering of food products in it,” Brasher says.

Construction on the store will start this year and should be completed by spring.

“So it’ll be a pretty quick deal for them,” Furstenberg says.

Vantage Point’s Marty Moody handled the deal with Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons, Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate.