Fred Ortiz sells six College Hill Cleaners

UPDATED — Fred Ortiz has sold all of his College Hill Cleaners stores.

“After 39 years, I thought it was just enough dry cleaning for me.”

He started in the business working for someone else in 1977 and then opened his own College Hill Cleaners in 1988.

His first store was at 4618 E. Central. At the chain’s peak, Ortiz had nine stores, seven of which were on the east side along with ones in Derby and Andover.

Even as he expanded beyond College Hill, Ortiz decided to keep that name.

“I had such a good reputation there at the central location,” he says.

Bradley Fair was an early location.

“I was the second tenant at Bradley Fair,” Ortiz says.

In the last several years, he downsized to six stores.

“The dry cleaning industry just changed tremendously,” Ortiz says.

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Shops at MarketPlace lands four tenants

WICHITA — In today’s economy, it’s a gamble to build a speculative shopping center and hope to find tenants for it, but it’s a move that’s paying off for Paul Jackson.

The Vantage Point Properties developer has Andover MarketPlace, a 140-acre development on the southeast corner of Kellogg and Andover Road in Andover.

In May, Jackson began building the Shops at MarketPlace, a 14,000-square-foot center next to Dillons Marketplace.

He now has four tenants to announce:

Scooter’s Coffeehouse, which will have 1,400 square feet and a drive-through on the north end of the center.

H&R Block, which will have 1,400 square feet.

Martinizing Dry Cleaning, which will have 1,400 square feet.

Spa Pedicure, which will have 1,200 square feet.

“We have a nice amount of interest in the remaining space,” Jackson says. “We feel like it’s been a good decision to build that.”

When Jackson first bought the property several years ago, his plan was to hold it for the long term.

“We weren’t looking to develop it immediately.”

Dillons wanted to expand with a Marketplace concept, though, and the YMCA decided to build a new branch about the same time.

“They just came into play a lot earlier than we expected them,” Jackson says. “Once those started, we started full speed into the development process.”

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Martinizing Dry Cleaning to open at Auburn Pointe

WICHITA — Also at Occidental Management’s Auburn Pointe, where PostNet will be opening, Nancy and Mark Staal are opening their second Martinizing Dry Cleaning.

“We like the demographics,” Nancy Staal says of the area.

Their first store opened almost four years ago at Siena Plaza at 37th North and Rock.

The 1,000-square-foot Auburn Pointe store will open in mid-May.

Occidental chairman Gary Oborny handled the deal. Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Martinizing.

Nancy Staal says more locations are likely.

“We’ll do maybe up to four . . . locations total.”