CDK Wichita buys former Wonder Bread building on Emporia

WICHITA — CDK Wichita, a distributor of windows, cabinets and doors, has purchased the one-time Wonder Bread building at 601 N. Emporia.

“It’s an old building,” says co-owner Gene Regier. “It’s going to need a lot of tender, loving care.”

CDK is keeping its space at 300 W. Murdock as well. The 40,000-square-foot Emporia building will give the company more room.

The building, which originally was home to the Continental Baking Co., takes up about three-quarters of a block south of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the trust of the late Sheldon Kamen, who bought the building several years ago.

Look for more details in a couple of months when CDK moves in.

SpaRenity Nails & Organics to open in same Waterfront center as Bread & Circus

pedi1WICHITA — In keeping with the organic theme of the Waterfront’s new Whole Foods Market, which will go by Bread & Circus in Wichita, a new spa and salon featuring organic products is opening in the same center.

Wichitan Kevin Tuan and his family own four salons around Wichita, but now he’s branching out on his own for two more, including the one at the northwest corner of 13th and Webb.

His first SpaRenity Nails & Organics will have a grand opening Sunday at 3750 N. Woodlawn.

Tuan says this will be a smaller spa, offering pedicures, manicures and facials, than the one he’ll open at the Waterfront. That one also will include massage.

Tuan says he wants to see how the first one goes and make adjustments for the Waterfront site.

The Woodlawn spa is opening in the former Golden Nail space.

“Everything’s brand new,” Tuan says.

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Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services signs new downtown lease

WICHITA — Another state agency has signed a lease at 266 N. Main St., which is known as the former Ryan International Airlines building, and this will be the final one because the building is now full.

“The building represented the chance to put some agencies together under one roof,” says Mark McGivern, director of the Office of Facilities and Procurement Management within the state Department of Administration.

“It made sense from our end.”

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will join the Kansas Corporation Commission, the Kansas Department of Labor and the state Board of Indigents’ Defense Services.

The Department on Aging has a 10-year lease for 5,666 square feet on the second floor. It’s slated to move in the first of September.

Currently, the department is in the Finney State Office Building at 230 E. William.

In June, Have You Heard? reported that nine state agencies, including more than 700 employees, will leave the city-owned building when the state’s lease expires on Sept. 30.

“The Wichita office market was quite attractive,” McGivern says.

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Lalo’s Express Mexican Food moving to larger space

WICHITA — Almost a decade after opening, Jose Bernal is getting ready to move his Lalo’s Express Mexican Food to expanded space.

The restaurant has about 15 seats now in its space at the northwest corner of Harry and Seneca.

In March, it’s moving to former Taco Tico space at 2051 S. Seneca.

“That’s about four-to-five times bigger,” says Lenny Diaz of Realty Executives of Wichita.

Diaz and Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Diaz says Bernal’s business has been growing for years.

“Oh, my god, yes,” he says. “The demand has been so great, he’s going to have a sit-down restaurant.”

The new restaurant will have about 100 seats and a bar.

The Mexican food Bernal serves is “delicious,” Diaz says. He particularly recommends the Kansas Burrito, which he says is big enough to feed two.

Remodeling is underway, and the new space should be ready in early March, Diaz says.

He says the restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. because Bernal “has business all the time.”

Demolition work under way at Twin Lakes in preparation for possible development

WICHITA — In preparation for possible new development, there’s demolition work under way at Twin Lakes, the shopping center at 21st and Amidon that once was Wichita’s premier retail destination.

“The owners are demolishing two portions of the property to clear ground for a new development, but they don’t know what that new development is going to be,” says Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, which manages the property.

The Colorado-based owners “thought it would be better to demolish portions of the center that were obsolete.”

Saville says a couple of areas of the center have been difficult to rent in recent years. That includes the former Sears automotive center on the south side of the property. Saville says the owners are considering doing a multifamily residential development there.

The former cinema at the center, which last was home to Aaron’s, also is being demolished. Saville says that area, which is on the west side of the property along Amidon, could potentially be used for a freestanding retail outlet.

We’ll let you know what happens.

Family Dollar to open at Second and West

UPDATED — Another new Family Dollar store is in the works for Wichita.

Construction has just begun on an 8,300-square-foot store on the southwest corner of Second and West streets. This is a new prototype for Family Dollar.

Several of the stores have opened in the Wichita area in the last couple of years. This makes a dozen total.

This one should be open by early May at the latest.

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate brokered the deal.

Look for news about a couple of more Family Dollars coming soon.

Kansas Corporation Commission signs lease at former Ryan building

072413ryanUPDATED — There’s another new lease at the former Ryan International Airlines building at 266 N. Main St., and it happens to be another state agency.

“We’re slowly filling it up with state leases,” says Craig Simon of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the lease.

“The most recent one that got signed and approved was the Kansas Corporation Commission,” Simon says.

The commission is taking 17,267 square feet on the second floor.

Currently, the commission is in the Finney State Office Building at 230 E. William.

In June, Have You Heard? reported that nine state agencies, including more than 700 employees, will leave the city-owned building when the state’s lease expires on Sept. 30, 2014.

The Kansas Department of Labor, which is temporarily in the Finney building, signed a lease for the former Ryan building in September.

The state Board of Indigents’ Defense Services, which has been at 150 N. Main, signed a lease in the former Ryan building in October.

“There’s one more,” Simon says of state agency leases, “and we’re waiting to get the lease signed.”

That likely will be in the next week or two, he says.

“And then the entire building will be full once that’s complete.”

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Coleman Co. has sale at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Coleman Co. is temporarily locating at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn for pre-Thanksgiving shopping, and there’s a chance that could extend into December.

The company is having a surplus inventory sale in the 55,000-square-foot former Hobby Lobby space.

“It’s pretty much every category that Coleman covers,” spokesman Alex Stern says of what’s on sale.

That includes coolers, grills, furniture, recreation equipment and cots.

“Pretty much the sky’s the limit on that front,” Stern says.

“It’s a win-win situation because it allows Brittany Center to still have a large anchor through the … holiday season,” says Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the deal.

Though the lease is only temporary, Harper says it’s still good to have now that Hobby Lobby has moved to the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich.

The sale isn’t scheduled to last past Nov. 27, but Stern says the lease actually goes into December.

“There’s always the possibility we might extend the event.”

Cycle Gear to open in Wichita

UPDATED — Cycle Gear, which bills itself as the country’s leading retailer for motorcycle accessories and apparel, is coming to Wichita.

The chain is taking 3,100 square feet at 3236 N. Rock Road, which is in the same center as Buffalo Wild Wings.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Cycle Gear, which is employee-owned, has 105 stores in 33 states. It has another Kansas store in Lenexa. According to the store’s website, Cycle Gear tries to be involved with riding in the communities where it has stores, such as sponsoring events.

The almost 40-year-old company also likes to be known for 30-day best-price guarantees and hassle-free helmet exchanges.

Via e-mail, company spokesman Johnny Lin says the company is “very excited” about a Wichita store. Lin says it’s “a very vibrant motorcycle market” with more than 20,000 riders.

Look for the store to open in March.

 

 

C.J. Owens to start Summit Employment

WICHITA — After a number of years working for others in the staffing and human resource field, C.J. Owens is now starting his own employment agency.

Summit Employment will open in the new year in almost 800 square feet at the southwest corner of Third and Waco.

Craig Simon of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Most recently, Owens has been human resource director for Mill-Tel.

“I miss the aspect of helping people,” he says of being on the other side of the business. Owens says he wants to help workers with temporary and permanent placements.

“That’s really kind of what I’m wanting to get back into, and that’s really kind of the drive behind this.”

Owens says he likes helping people at each step of their job searches, from creating resumes to coaching on interviewing.

“It’s just that whole process that’s very enjoyable for me.”

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