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.

Menards finalizes deal for Derby store

UPDATED — Menards, the Wisconsin-based home improvement chain, has finalized its deal for a store near the southwest corner of East Patriot Avenue and Buckner Street in Derby.

“It’s been a long time coming,” says Grant Glasgow of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group.

Glasgow and colleague Jeff Englert represented North Derby Investments, which sold 46.13 acres to Menards.

Marty Gilchrist and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Menards

The deal, which was in the works for a couple of years, closed Sept. 28 for an undisclosed amount.

“We recently purchased 50.63 acres in Derby, KS and if everything goes as planned, we hope to build a new Menards store on this property some day,” Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott said through an e-mail. “We are still in the initial planning stages and no final decisions have been made just yet.”

The total number of acres includes a residential property Menards purchased as well.

Glasgow says he’s not sure when construction will start or when to expect the store to open.

“They weren’t able to share that with us yet.”

This makes the third Menards that will open in the greater Wichita area.

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Sonic to open this summer at Paul Jackson’s Stonebridge development at 37th Street North and Maize Road

WICHITA — Stonebridge developer Paul Jackson now confirms what Have You Heard? reported was a possibility in March.

Sonic is coming to his development at 37th Street North and Maize Road.

“The long and short of it is the real estate market’s picking up a little bit, and we’re getting activity out at that Stonebridge site,” says Jackson, who has Vantage Point Properties.

Menards is the anchor tenant at the 40-acre development. Sonic is taking the first pad site at Stonebridge. Jackson says there are about 12 acres left to develop with nine more pad sites for retailers, restaurants and service-oriented businesses.

Jackson says Sonic has a strong Wichita presence with 24 restaurants in the area.

The Stonebridge Sonic is expected to open in late August.

“They’re moving awfully fast,” Jackson says.

He’s working on getting another deal under contract at the development.

“We’ve seen a real change in the retail world,” Jackson says. “I don’t want to be too optimistic, but it sure feels like it’s going the right direction now.”

Look for Andover news from him next.

“I suppose it’s largely just confidence,” Jackson says of the market. “Things are getting better, and so it’s time to do business again.”

Sonic may be coming to 37th Street North and Maize Road

WICHITA — It looks like a new Sonic may be heading to the same area as a potential new O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

The restaurant is in negotiations to possibly open by the Menards at 37th Street North and Maize Road.

A Sonic spokesman confirms the chain is working on a new Wichita site, but he says he won’t share details until the deal is done.


Developer Marv Schellenberg purchases 36 acres of Maize Road frontage from USD 266

WICHITA — The Maize school district this week approved the sale of more than 36 acres of school property to developer Marv Schellenberg.

The property, which is part of 280 acres the district purchased more than a decade ago, fronts Maize Road south of Menards down to about 34th Street by the entrance to Schellenberg’s Fox Ridge residential development.

“When we originally bought the land, it was always our intent to sell the frontage property,” says Karen McDermott, communications director for Maize USD 266.

The district built three schools on the property, which also has ball fields, but McDermott says the district didn’t want to build anything close to Maize Road.

The property has been on the market for about four years.

The sale price had been $1.8 million, but Schellenberg countered with $1.4 million to offset the cost of some dirt work he needs to meet drainage requirements.

About 25 acres of the 36 acres Schellenberg purchased are usable for development. He’ll use the rest for retention.

Schellenberg, who didn’t return calls for comment, has applied for limited commercial zoning for future commercial development.

Shelton Collision Repair to move in Derby

WICHITA — For the first time in more than three decades, Shelton Collision Repair in Derby is getting a new home, and it seems like it couldn’t be more perfectly timed.

Brad and Tracie Shelton are moving their business to 325 W. Patriot Ave. next to where it looks like a new Menards may be opening.

“That’s going to be nothing but good news for us,” Brad Shelton says.

The Sheltons bought the business in 1999 from Brad Shelton’s parents, Dale and Carolyn.

They started the business in 1977 at 122 N. Georgie, where it’s been ever since.

That building has 8,600 square feet.

The new store will have 11,500 square feet.

“Even though our footprint isn’t going to be that much bigger . . . it’ll be able to handle the capacity of 50-to-75 percent growth,” Shelton says. “It’s going to be set up that much better.”

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Barn’rds still plans to open near 37th and Maize, just not quite yet

In early 2007, Barn’rds Restaurant owner Ken Hertel announced plans for a second restaurant, just north of 37th and Maize Road, near Wichita State University’s west campus.

He put plans on hold though, initially due to a family illness.

Then, the economy kept him from opening, and that’s still the holdup.

“We are going to go there, but we don’t know exactly when yet,” Hertel says. “We really are kind of just in a holding pattern.”

That’s even though a new Menards is opening at the intersection today.

“We’re going to watch that for a while,” Hertel says. “There’s a lot of bare land out there yet.

“We just need some more buildings and some more house tops.”

Hertel’s original Barn’rds at 2037 N. Woodlawn has been open for more than 27 years.

He’s still excited to open out west, but Hertel notes that he’s not the only one in a wait-and-see mode.

“If the economy hadn’t come to a standstill like it did, why, I think there would be more buildings right out there where the campus is,” he says.

“Everybody’s been sitting on their hands ever since.”

So could that be about to change thanks to Menards?

“We’re going to find out.”

Landlords file temporary injunction against Johnny Carino’s owner

WICHITA — The owners of the building where Johnny Carino’s closed last week have filed a motion for temporary injunction to prevent the former tenant, Kampco Bevco, from taking anything else from the building near K-96 and Webb.

“They got two rental trucks and spent two days loading them,” says Daryl Crotts, property manager for the group of 11 owners who do business as Sun Toben.

Crotts says representatives of Kampco took stoves, booths, tables, appliances and “anything that they could easily just disconnect.”

“They told me they weren’t going to close till the end of the month,” Crotts says. “I think they were guilty of . . . a little deception.”

He says he thinks they were trying to “give themselves an opportunity to remove a lot of the fixtures and assets of the building prior to our being able to take any action.”

Randy Kamp, operating manager of the now-defunct Kampco, says that’s not true.

“I told him I didn’t know the exact date, but it was imminent,” Kamp says.

“The equipment is collateralized for bank loans,” he says. “We’re paying the bank for the loans.”

A hearing for the injunction is set for Friday.

Crotts says there were several years remaining on Kampco’s lease.

“We’ve been working with them for some time,” he says. “We’ve deferred a number of their obligations.”

He says the “owners purchased a sign for them since they couldn’t afford it and didn’t want to commit” to it.

“Which coincidentally and ironically was installed last Friday,” Crotts says.

He says he had to wait on the new, nearby Menards before the sign was installed. It now advertises Menards and is blank where the Carino’s name was supposed to be.

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Palmers Grill to open in former Fritz Co. Grille space near K-96 and Webb Road

WICHITA — The investors who recently purchased the former Fritz Co. Grille space near K-96 and Webb Road have a tenant for the space.

Trey Dower, who has a long history as an Old Chicago manager for several locations, is opening Palmers Grill where Fritz used to be.

“It’s pretty much ready to go,” he says of the space.

He’s painted quite a bit, but he’s not doing too much else right now.

“It’s like buying an older house. When you start tearing into things, you find more than you want,” Dower says. “We’re really going to kind of live with it before we make further changes.”

The restaurant will serve burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta and salad.

Dower is calling it Palmers after “an old family name on my wife’s side.”

Picking a name “was probably the hardest part. It was kind of nuts.”

Picking a location was easier.

“I always liked the building,,” Dower says. “It’s unique for restaurants anymore.”

Don Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

Dower likes the layout of the former Fritz space and the two private dining rooms, which seat 40 and 12.

The main dining room seats 100, and the bar seats 50. There are another 32 seats on a patio and a deck.

New neighbor Menards is another factor in Dower’s decision to locate there, as is the road that connects that stretch of businesses to the businesses near Golf Warehouse.

“It was a dead end road before the Menards was built,” Dower says.

Look for the restaurant to open around the end of February.

Former Fritz Co. Grille space sells

WICHITA — There’s more happening near K-96 and Webb Road than just the new Menards.

Investors also have purchased the former Fritz Co. Grille space, which has been empty since the restaurant closed in May 2007.

“They’re working with a prospect,” says Don Ablah of Classic Real Estate, who handled the deal for the buyers.

The prospect is another restaurant.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Ablah says.

When Fritz closed after less than two years in business, a real estate broker said he expected a new business would open there not long after the Menards deal closed.

Then, deals fell through for the Wisconsin-based home improvement chain to bring two stores to Wichita.

This year, the deals were back on, and Menards is under construction near K-96 and Webb and 37th North and Maize Road.

“We’re just thrilled that the bank was willing to hang in there during this time while Menards was under construction,” says Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

He handled the deal for First State Bank & Trust, which owned the Fritz building.

In 2008, the building was appraised at $1.78 million. In 2009, that was reduced to $1.1 million after the building sat empty.

“I just really feel like they got a great value,” Saville says of the buyers. “I feel like their timing is perfect with Menards opening in the next 60 to 90 days.”

We’ll keep you posted on a possible new tenant and the Menards opening date.