Pennsylvania-based Benco Dental to open office at Travel Air Building in Delano

WICHITA — Benco Dental, the third-largest dental dealer in the nation, will be moving to Delano in April.

“We sell everything that a dentist uses in his office,” says Dennis Doyle, a territory representative for the Pennsylvania-based company.

Benco, which arrived in Wichita about seven months ago, is taking 2,600 square feet in Occidental Management’s Travel Air Building at 535 W. Douglas.

The company has been in temporary Occidental space at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler while the new space is prepared.

“We’re going to keep the space very open to … show the old architecture of the building,” Doyle says.

There are brick walls and exposed timbers in the ceiling.

“We wanted someplace that wasn’t kind of sterile or an industrial park area,” Doyle says. He says the company wanted “a more relaxed setting.”

“Plus, it’s very centrally located for us as well.”

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Northrock Shopping Centre fully leased with the addition of Model Nails

UPDATED — A new lease by Model Nails means Occidental Management’s Northrock Shopping Centre near 32nd North and Rock Road is fully leased.

“We’re going to be 100 percent occupied there,” says president Chad Stafford. “We’re pumped.”

Salon partners Tammy Ho and David Lee are moving their business from 1,500 square feet at 3236 N. Rock to 2,200 square feet at Northrock. Ho says they wanted more visibility for the 10-year-old salon.

Stafford says there’s also a letter of intent for the company’s Northrock offices. If the lease happens, that center also would be fully occupied. Look for more news on that soon.

Occidental began the office project in December 2007 and moved its headquarters there in August 2008.

The retail portion broke ground in early 2009.

“We’re excited that in what’s been a challenging market here over the last year and a half that we’re able to get a couple of assets up to 100 percent occupancy,” Stafford says.

He says a lot of those deals have happened thanks to networking within the real estate community and through groups like chamber committees.

“It shows that doing some grassroots marketing has paid off for us really well.”