Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop to move to Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Call him crazy, but J Williams is once again moving his Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop.

Crazy Jay’s is currently in about 14,500 square feet at Lincoln and Woodlawn. It’s moving to 15,000 square feet at the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in September.

This will make the fourth place the business has been since it opened in 1997 as Crazy Jay’s Bed Shop at 13th and Waco.

“What’s prompted the move (is), really, in my opinion this part of the neighborhood has really kind of died off,” Williams says.

He says a few businesses, including a diner, left the area. Williams says he’s now the primary anchor at the center he’s in.

“It’s just that there’s not a lot happening,” he says.

Williams started with 11,000 square feet at his existing space and added 3,400 square feet after Tuesday Morning moved.

“We’re kind of a happening business, and we need to be where things are happening,” he says. “It’s just kind of a logical move.”

At Parklane, he says he likes that Rent-A-Center and Basham Rent To Own also are there.

“We’re anxious to get on with the move,” Williams says.

He says the stockroom at his new space will be on a separate floor than the showroom, which is a step up from what he has now.

“The thing I never liked about this really is the stockroom is visible from the showroom.”

He says that created a warehouse feel, “which we don’t really like.”

Williams says the store, which is open seven days a week, will open in its new space around the third week of September.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Once we get this situated, I am considering a west-side mattress-only concept,” Williams says. “I’d kind of like to go back to our roots.”

He says the west side is where he lives, and it makes sense to open a store there.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on out there.”

Medical Community Credit Union to move to former Garden Plain State Bank space

UPDATED — A former bank no doubt is a better home for a credit union than a former doctor’s office, and that’s why Medical Community Credit Union is moving.

President and CEO Larry Schmitz says the credit union will be moving to “a true retail banking facility” where Garden Plain State Bank used to be at 1400 S. Oliver next to the Parklane Shopping Center.

Visibility and accessibility are the top reasons for the move, Schmitz says.

“It also gives us the opportunity to potentially have an ATM location.”

There will be a drive-through as well.

Currently, he says that “people have to get out of their car and walk in.”

There will be other new services that the new site will have as well, such as safe deposit boxes that are already there.

“We also don’t have a vault like that building does,” Schmitz says.

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Vanderbilts to relocate to Cherry Creek Shopping Center at Harry and Rock Road

WICHITA — Vanderbilts, the western and work wear store, is moving its east-side store to make way for the expansion of Kellogg.

The store has been near the southwest corner of Kellogg and Webb Road for 11 years.

In late January, Vanderbilts will move to the former Hollywood Video space in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at Harry and Rock Road.

Store manager Debi Adelhardt says Vanderbilts currently is in an approximately 7,000-square-foot building but uses only 5,000 square feet of it. The new store will be in 5,000 square feet as well.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Wamego resident Dave Vanderbilt opened his first Vanderbilts in 1973 and expanded to Wichita with a store in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in 1985.

Company comptroller Mike Grothe now owns the Wichita stores, which includes one on the southwest corner of Kellogg and Tyler. There are eight Vanderbilts stores in Kansas and one in Missouri.

Adelhardt says Cherry Creek was attractive in part because of its size, the store’s location in front of the center and the amount of traffic that goes past it.

“It just seemed like a good fit.”

Second Sedgwick County drivers license bureau to open in Bristol Square in Derby

WICHITA — The state has decided on a second drivers license bureau for Sedgwick County. As many had hoped, it will be in Derby.

“It is the first time that Sedgwick County will have had more than one drivers licensing bureau … in a decade,” says spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda.

The bureau will be in 4,500 square feet at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

The last time the county had a second bureau, it was in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver. Koranda says she’s not sure why that one closed.

“I can’t speak to that because it was a prior administration,” she says. “Since then, there’s only been one.”

Koranda says the new bureau will open this fall to accommodate a growing population, particularly in that area.

The state is adding staff for that office and for the bureau in Andover, which Koranda says is another growing area.

The new Derby bureau will be similar to the existing one at the Twin Lakes shopping center and handle new licenses and renewals, driver testing and concealed-carry licenses.

Bradley Tidemann with J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the Bristol Square space.

Two Wichita Learning Connection centers to open to help former students get diplomas

WICHITA — The South Central Kansas Education Service Center is opening two new sites in Wichita.

“What we do is we try to provide … cost-effective ways to provide education services to school districts,” says executive director Brad Pepper.

The south-central branch, which is based in Clearwater, serves 28 school districts and is one of seven education service centers in Kansas.

The center provides services such as integrating technology in classrooms, helping further professional development and arranging for reduced-rate equipment.

“Basically, if there’s a need that a school district has, we’ll provide that service,” Pepper says.

“They’re school districts without students,” is how he describes the centers.

At least that’s generally the case.

The two new Wichita sites will be part of a network of Wichita Learning Connection centers around the state that offer degree completion programs.

Pepper says the center partners with local school districts to help former students age 18 and older receive their high school diplomas.

“It’s an actual high school diploma,” Pepper says. He says that can carry more weight in the career world than a GED.

“We’re kind of targeting the Hispanic population,” Pepper says.

He says there’s a higher drop-out rate in that community, though Wichita Learning Connection is open to anyone.

One site will be in 1,550 square feet in New Leaf Plaza, formerly the Marina Lakes shopping center, at 21st and Amidon.

The other will be in 2,200 square feet at Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

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Garden Plain State Bank to close branch at Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Garden Plain State Bank’s lease is up at the Parklane Shopping Center, and the bank is not going to renew.

Bank president and CEO Patrick Walden says that branch underperformed.

“That branch was kind of stagnant,” he says. It “never really grew after the first couple of years.”

It opened in the center at Lincoln and Oliver in late 1994. It will close July 31.

The bank’s main office is near Maple and Maize, and it’s original bank is in Garden Plain.

Walden says he doesn’t have immediate plans to open another branch anywhere else, but he says, “We’re always looking to expand.”

Child Start moves into its new headquarters

WICHITA — This summer, Have You Heard? reported that Child Start would be moving its headquarters within the Parklane Shopping Center.

This weekend, it’s happening.

Child Start, a nonprofit that provides early childhood development services, is keeping a sliver of its current space but moving the rest of its administrative office to about 30,000 square feet where Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores used to be. That store moved to the former CompUSA space at 3665 N. Rock Road.

The new Child Start space is designed to meet the nonprofit’s needs. Eighty of Child Start’s 250 employees will work there, and there will be training facilities as well.

“In addition to having space that is more flexible for staff, we hope that larger training rooms, increased visibility and new signage will make us more available to families and caregivers as we prepare young children for lifelong success,” said executive director Teresa Rupp in a statement.

Dennis Fitzroy, a vice president with Builders Inc., handled the new Child Start lease at Parklane. Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Child Start. WDM Architects also helped with the new space.





Child Start to move within Parklane Shopping Center to former Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores space

WICHITA — Child Start executive director Teresa Rupp first moved the nonprofit, which provides early childhood development services, to Parklane Shopping Center in 1985.

The group “leased 10,000 square feet and thought we had died and gone to heaven,” she says of all the space.

That didn’t last for long. The organization grew to 23,000 square feet, but still it’s not enough.

So Rupp is moving the organization again, this time to new space within Parklane, which is at Lincoln and Oliver.

Child Start is keeping a sliver of its current space but moving the rest of its administrative office to about 30,000 square feet where Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores used to be.

That store moved to the former CompUSA space at 3665 N. Rock Road.

Dennis Fitzroy, a vice president with Builders Inc., handled the new Child Start lease at Parklane. Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Child Start.

Rupp hadn’t planned another move.

“Twenty five years ago, I said, ‘I am never moving 30 people again.’ ”

Now, she has to move 80 of Child Start’s 250 workers, but Rupp says it’s worth it on a number of levels.

The move will allow for more training space.

“We have a lot of people who want to come to train,” Rupp says of child care providers who need certification. “We have to turn people away.”

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Sew Much to open at Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Cynthia Zajkowski has found a new spot for her Sew Much shop, which formerly was in Delano.

She’s opening next week at Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

“I’m bringing fabric back to Parklane,” Zajkowski says.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Prairie Quilts moved from there within the last year.

“I remember coming to Parklane as a kid with my mother,” Zajkowski says. “As long as I can remember, there was a fabric store here.”

She was looking for new space when Dan Beltz of A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center, which also is at Parklane, told Zajkowski how disappointed customers were that there were no fabric shops left there.

“It’s left kind of an empty place where everybody was used to going,” she says.

Sew Much will be in 2,900 square feet a few doors south of where Jo-Ann’s used to be.

Zajkowski will be open by Monday, though there’s a chance she may be able to open Friday or Saturday.

“It may not be the funky, trendy new place to be, but . . . it’s a great place for a fabric store.”

A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center expands at Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — For every story of a business closing lately there seems to be one of a business expanding.

The latest is A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

“We’re going to more than double our size,” owner Dan Beltz says.

He’s had the store since 1992.

“Believe it or not, we only had 800 square feet before,” Beltz says.

He’s adding another 1,100 square feet by knocking out a wall and expanding into the former Prairie Quilts space.

Beltz’s story isn’t typical for his industry.

“Nationwide, we’re losing a lot of sewing machine dealers. They’re just not making it. Even here in town some of them are hurting.”

His business is “doing extremely well,” though.

“We’re taking awfully good care of our customers,” Beltz says.

The service side of his business, which has four employees repairing equipment, is doing especially well.

Beltz says people send sewing machines for repair from as far away as overseas.

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