Viega to leave Epic Center for sixth floor of Bank of America Center

WICHITA — The Epic Center’s loss will be the Bank of America Center’s gain.

Viega, a plumbing and heating systems manufacturer, is leaving the Epic Center for 32,000 square feet at Phil Ruffin’s Bank of America Center at Douglas and Broadway early next year.

“That’s a great lease,” Ruffin says. “We’re very happy to get it.”

No one with Viega would comment about the move.

“They’re a fine company,” Ruffin says. “I like them very much. They’re a fast-growing company.”

Chris Ruffin, Phil Ruffin’s son, and Jon Cyphert of Ruffin Properties handled the deal with Scott Salome of NAI Martens.

“They did a great job,” Phil Ruffin says.

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Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita to open in former Sportsman’s Warehouse

UPDATED — More than four years after Sportsman’s Warehouse closed its east Wichita store, a new business is opening there.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita will open at the site in One Kellogg Place, which is just east of Kellogg and Greenwich, this fall.

“It took me two years to get this building bought,” says Jay Storey, president of Wichita Furniture.

In addition to being an Ashley Furniture licensee, Wichita Furniture is the parent company of Furniture on Consignment.

Storey says the 55,000-square-foot building at One Kellogg Place had gone through a couple of different holding companies that purchased it with a bundle of other buildings.

“Their business was to lease properties, and we wanted to own property,” Storey says. “We’re here to stay.”

Storey opened his first Ashley Furniture store near 21st and Maize Road in 2002.

“There was a need out there that we filled,” he says.

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Kernel’s Popcorn Express to expand to former PrintMaster space

WICHITA — Four years ago, Merrill Lynch financial adviser Tracy Mavis had a client who was retiring and wondered whether Mavis might know someone who would be interested in his Popcorn Express business.

“I told him … I did not know anyone,” Mavis says.

Turns out he did.

“I got to thinking about it … and decided to buy it myself,” Mavis says. “It’s something that seemed like a lot of fun to do.”

Mavis says his instincts were correct, and now he and some family members are expanding their Kernel’s Popcorn Express by moving to the former PrintMaster space at Second and Wabash.

“It gives us a better retail location (and) more visibility,” Mavis says.

He also likes that the 6,000-square-foot space is close to downtown.

“It just seems like there’s always events going on downtown.”

Currently, Kernel’s makes and sells 40 flavors of popcorn in 2,000 square feet at 224 N. Kansas, between First and Second.

Mavis says he needs more space to make, store and display his products.

“It was just time to expand and take it to the next level,” he says.

John Potochnik of Weichert Realtors Compass Point and Elyssa Seymour of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Mavis’ goal is to move the 27-year-old business by late July.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Mavis says of the business. “Everybody’s always happy when they come in there, and everybody leaves happy.”

Dandurand Drugstore to open near 21st and Ridge Road

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

WICHITA — Mike Dandurand, who opened his first Dandurand Drugstore on the east side in 1976, has always planned to have a west-side store.

However, “just the way health care is now” held him up.

“Finally, we just decided we don’t know what’s going to happen, we’re just going to do it,” he says.

The new store will be in 3,000 square feet near the northwest corner of 21st and Ridge Road where Westside Flowers by DeOrsey recently moved and Subway and Pho Chopstix already are.

“It’s going to be a hybrid,” Dandurand says of the store. “That means we’re going to do retail, but we’re also going to do compounding. … There’s a lot of pharmacies over there, but there’s not a lot of compounding pharmacies over there.”

Dandurand says that patients – anyone from premature babies to the elderly to even pets – sometimes need medicine in customized dosages, which is what compounding is for.

Dandurand’s main store is at Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock Road. Within that, there also is a long-term care pharmacy that’s strictly for people in care facilities. There’s also a Dandurand outlet inside Wichita Family Medicine Specialists at Carriage Parkway.

In 2005, Dandurand expanded from its original site at Piccadilly to new 7,500-square-foot space at the center where Brick’s used to be.

“It gave us a chance to remodel (while) still in business,” Dandurand says. He says it allowed him to update the store and “make it so it was inviting.”

It’s the same idea with the new store, which will be similar to the Dandurand at Piccadilly, though a little bit smaller.

“We’ll still have a fair amount of space for gifts,” Dandurand says.

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Vliet family sells Old Town property

UPDATED — Rich and Marni Vliet were a young couple in 1975 when they first started buying Old Town property.

“Rich began having this Old Town dream when we met,” Marni Vliet says of her late husband, who died of ALS two years ago.

First, they purchased the Looking Glass restaurant in the 400 block of East Douglas.

Then, in the mid 1980s, they began eyeing a dilapidated area of Old Town in the 900 block along East Douglas.

“We were beginning to get a feel for the frontage of Douglas,” Vliet says. “We used to sit at the Beacon and look at the block over our omelettes.”

The Vliets shared a dream and a dedication to the redevelopment of Old Town, and that included what Rich Vliet thought of as the entry point of Old Town.

“Rich was right,” Vliet says. “He said, ‘Old Town needs a face. … It needs a front door.’”

The Vliets purchased the property from 910 through 926 E. Douglas, which has 29,531 square feet over nine units. Friday, they sold it to a group called Old Town Ventures.

“I wouldn’t even characterize it as bittersweet,” Marni Vliet says. “It’s the end of a chapter for our family.”

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West-side Realty World Alliance to move

UPDATED — Realty World Alliance continues to grow, so owner Greg Fox is moving his west-side office to accommodate that.

“Frankly, I’m nearly doubling my space, so it’s giving us a lot more room to grow,” Fox says.

Currently, Realty World has 3,700 square feet at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler. It’s moving to 6,800 square feet at 6617 W. Central, which is a former Blockbuster site across from Two Brothers BBQ.

“We decided that we would rather have a stand-alone building,” Fox says. “People seem to find you a lot easier.”

Fox and Troy Farha and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal for the lease.

The move should happen in early March. Fox thinks he’ll initially need about 4,000 square feet of the 6,800 square feet, and the rest will be room to grow.

“My business everywhere is growing,” he says. “I’m a blessed man.”

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Auto-Motion to open in former Shelton Collision Repair space

WICHITA — A new automotive shop is going to open in Derby at 122 N. Georgie, which was home to Shelton Collision Repair for more than three decades until its recent move.

Casey Kallhoff, who has worked for Advance Auto Parts for the last five years, is opening Auto-Motion.

“I just wanted to … have my own business,” Kallhoff says.

He says he and his staff of four will work on all makes and models but will specialize on later-model vehicles.

Kallhoff is leasing about 6,000 square feet of the 8,600-square-foot space.

“It will be huge,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of room to grow and add things and get bigger in the future.”

Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens handled the lease.

Auto-Motion will open in early January.

Kallhoff says Shelton Collision Repair will use the remainder of the building as overflow from its new shop, which is at 325 W. Patriot.

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Immediate Medical Care to open new clinic

UPDATED — It was almost five years ago that Grover Hershberger opened his first immediate care clinic in the former Souper Salad space at 4722 W. Kellogg.

Now, he’s preparing to open an east-side Immediate Medical Care clinic at 5838 E. Central. That’s the 6,728-square-foot former Blockbuster space in Carriage Parkway.

“The new location has plenty of traffic and provides great visibility,” Hershberger said in a statement. “Also, it is easily accessible to the large surrounding population.”

The clinic can see patients quickly for injury, illness, physicals, X-rays and lab work, among other things.

Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens represented Hershberger in the deal, and his colleagues Nathan Farha and Troy Farha represented the landlord.

Look for Immediate Medical Care to open in March.

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.

 

 

Orscheln Farm & Home to open in Goddard

UPDATED — Orscheln Farm & Home is going to be opening another Wichita-area store, this time in Goddard.

The Missouri-based company’s stores are similar to Atwoods Ranch & Home. Orscheln has stores in Wellington, Newton and El Dorado, among other cities relatively close to Wichita.

The company recently purchased two 1.75-acre lots in Goddard at the northeast corner of U.S. 54 and Main Street.

“They have closed, and they will be building a store there,” says Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens.

Glasgow handled the deal with Carl LaSala of Kansas City’s LaSala-Sonnenberg Commercial Realty and Gene Razook of Andeel & Co. Realtors.

Orscheln expects to start construction in the first half of 2014 when weather permits, and the new store should be open by the fall.