PJ Wichita group sells its Genghis Grills

WICHITA — Terry Newman and Frank Carney’s PJ Wichita group is back to focusing solely on Papa John’s Pizza – for now.

“We have sold our Genghis Grills,” Newman says.

The owners of the corporate Genghis Grills are taking over the restaurants here and running them as franchises.

“They’ve asked and asked, and I finally said, ‘You know what? I will do it,’” Newman says. “It wasn’t we wanted to or had to. … They’ve done fine.”

In fact, Newman says he didn’t want to sell.

“It’s a sad day for me,” he says. “I really love Genghis Grill.”

Newman and Carney opened their first Genghis Grill in 2009 at the former Bennigan’s space at Douglas and Rock Road. A west-side Genghis followed in 2010 at the former Krispy Kreme space at 8512 W. Central.

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Terry Newman considers opening a hitting facility at the former Crestview Marine site

WICHITA — In January, when Have You Heard? reported that Crestview Marine had closed, the new owner of the building wasn’t quite ready to reveal himself.

Now he is.

Terry Newman has purchased the 5,000-square-foot building near Central and Greenwich, but what he’s going to do with it remains to be seen.

As the Papa John’s Pizza franchisee views it, he could do several things with the space.

“We just weren’t going to pass up an opportunity to be over there,” Newman says. “It’s a great location.”

He says it’s an easy-in, easy-out site.

Option No. 1, Newman says, is a possible baseball hitting facility. He has two sons, ages 13 and almost 16.

“My boys are going to play baseball for many years to come,” he says.

“We’re trying to figure out the right way to do it,” Newman says of a possible facility. “How do you build it? What do you build? What do you put in?”

He says there’s plenty of room for his trailers and other Papa John’s equipment at the site.

“It’s great to have the space.”

To do the hitting facility, Newman would add another building.

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New owner plans improvements at Andover Crossing; Perfect Party to open there

UPDATED — A group called Commercial Equity has purchased Andover Crossing, an almost 10,000-square-foot center near the northeast corner of Kellogg and Andover Road, with plans to remodel it and add tenants.

“We’re putting a new facade on it to make it more modern,” says Adam Clements of Builders Inc., which manages the center.

Clements and Dennis Fitzroy, also of Builders Inc., handled the sale of the 1999 center.

Adam Clements

“We’re going to make it look like a 2012 building,” Clements says. He says there will be new lighting and landscaping and increased signage as well.

Currently, Papa John’s Pizza, Snip N’ Clip and In the Bag Cleaners are at the center. Clements also recently handled a deal to bring a new store, Perfect Party, there.

That leaves one 1,800-square-foot space on the north end of the center. It has drive-through capability.

Former Augusta teacher Cheryl Mercer is opening Perfect Party in 3,000 square feet.

“I’ve always wanted to do my own business,” Mercer says. “It was always just my dream to do a party store.”

She plans to carry all the colors of nearby schools along with balloons and party supplies. Mercer hopes to offer classes, too, for party ideas.

“I love being crafty,” she says.

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CASA of Sedgwick County to move to the Garvey Center

WICHITA — CASA of Sedgwick County is leaving 150 N. Main St. for the Garvey Center.

Real Development just has failed to … live up to their promises,” says Anne Duncan, CASA’s executive director, referring to the owner of CASA’s current building.

Duncan says there are maintenance issues, such as an elevator that has had repeated problems, and Real Development is “not being very attentive to those types of things.”

Neither Michael Elzufon nor Dave Lundberg of Real Development returned calls for comment.

Duncan says the move, which will happen July 28, will give CASA 2,640 square feet compared to its current 1,600 square feet.

“We need more space and a place to do training,” Duncan says. “That’s one of our big considerations.”

The nonprofit trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in court.

“We’re just really excited to be able to deliver all of our training on site,” Duncan says.

Larry Weber of Builders Inc. handled the deal.

CASA will move into the Kiva at the Garvey Center, which is across from Papa John’s Pizza.

Duncan says she’s pleased that CASA can remain centrally located “without fighting for parking.”

Sport Clips Haircuts to open at Tallgrass Centre

WICHITA — Monique and Roger Haynes-Robertson already have one of the most successful Sport Clips Haircuts franchises in the country at NewMarket Square, and they think they’re going to have another winner by opening a new salon at Tallgrass Centre at 21st and Rock where Papa John’s Pizza used to be.

“We’ve been thinking about it since we opened the west store,” Monique Haynes-Robertson says of an east-side store.

The Haynes-Robertsons also have one in Derby.

Monique Haynes-Robertson says the Jimmy’s Egg at Tallgrass Centre is doing well there.

“That piqued my interest.”

She likes that it’s near Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods, too.

The sports-themed salon caters to men and boys only.

“It’s a busy intersection and a lot of traffic, so I think it’s ideal,” she says.

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Genghis Grill is coming to the former west-side Krispy Kreme building

grillWICHITA — There’s a new tenant for the former Krispy Kreme space at 8512 W. Central, and it may be a surprise to some.

Genghis Grill, a Mongolian grill, will sublease the space.

“It’s going to be right in the middle of everybody,” franchisee Terry Newman says of all the neighborhoods in that area.

Newman and his partner, Frank Carney, opened Wichita’s first Genghis Grill at the former Bennigan’s space at Douglas and Rock Road in January 2009.

“The east side’s doing phenomenal,” Newman says. “It beat our expectations.”

The former Krispy Kreme space is about 4,000 square feet, which Newman says is a standard size for Genghis Grill.

It doesn’t faze him that Krispy Kreme didn’t succeed at that spot.

“That’s kind of the least of my worries, if someone was successful there before us or not.”

Besides, he says, “We’re not doughnuts. We’re a full-service restaurant.”

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