Towne West Square Lane Bryant to close

WICHITA — Almost 20 years after opening in Towne West Square, Lane Bryant is closing.

The store’s last day in business is Feb. 23.

The national chain, which specializes in plus-size women’s clothing, has had plans to close the Towne West store since a Lane Bryant opened in NewMarket Square in 2011.

Missy Meyer, manager of the NewMarket store, says there are no plans to close or move the Towne East Square Lane Bryant.

Carter’s children’s shop to open at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize

UPDATED — Carter’s is the newest retailer coming to the growing NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize.

The shop, which specializes in infant, toddler and children’s clothing, has signed a lease for 4,000 square feet next to Christopher & Banks. That’s in the area where Lane Bryant, Kirkland’s and Pier 1 Imports have recently opened.

“There’s a lot of foot traffic over there,” says April Reed, who handled the deal for the Slawson Cos. development.

There’s 4,000 square feet left to lease in the building where Carter’s will open in February.

Reed says the remaining space can be divided for two tenants. She says she thinks it makes sense for another junior apparel store or similar retailer to go there, especially since the Children’s Place and Rue 21 are nearby.

“They tend to like to cluster together.”

There’s another 3,000 square feet available next to Rue 21.

Reed is confident in the area and how it’s doing so far.

“The stores that have opened, they’re just doing phenomenal,” she says. “The center is just that much more walkable, shoppable. We’ve got just about everything a girl or guy could want.”

Or, in Carter’s case, someone much smaller.

Lane Bryant is the latest retailer coming to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road

WICHITA — Lane Bryant is the latest retail shop coming to the newest phase of NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

The store is one of several — Pier 1 Imports, Kirkland’s, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, the Children’s Place, Rue 21 and Christopher & Banks — that will locate in the two buildings that form an L shape between Petco and Michaels.

That’s also near where the new Best Buy is at the Slawson Cos. property.

“We were talking to most of these tenants when we were dealing with Best Buy and Michaels,” says Slawson’s Jerry Jones. “Then we had the 2008 financial crisis that just put all these deals on the back burner.”

He and broker April Reed, who handled the Lane Bryant deal among others, kept talking to the companies.

Though the deals took longer to put together than planned, Jones says it’s still a win to get the businesses — especially without a full market recovery.

“We were able to do it in a time where it was challenging to put deals together,” he says.

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