QuikTrip no longer allows lottery tickets to be purchased by credit card

UPDATED — To the disappointment of some, QuikTrip no longer allows customers to buy lottery tickets with credit cards.

“We’d love to be able to continue to do it,” says spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “We just can’t.”

He says that “it’s a losing transaction.”

That’s because credit card fees cost almost as much as what states reimburse the company for selling tickets.

“It eats up all the margin,” Thornbrugh says.

In some cases, QuikTrip even sells tickets at a loss.

The company operates in 11 states. State rules and reimbursement levels vary. Some already didn’t allow tickets to be purchased with credit cards.

“It’s nothing but a financial decision,” Thornbrugh says.

“It’s not smart business to sell items and lose money. …That’s not typically what a retailer would do.”

Ganesh Yoga Studio to move to Delano

WICHITA — Christince Vumai is branching out on her own and moving her Ganesh Yoga Studio from the Nurture Wellness Center in College Hill to new space in Delano.

“I was starting small to kind of get a feel of it,” Vumai says of opening within Nurture Wellness Center in April.

She’s now in the process of moving to 1201 W. Douglas, which is just off the southwest corner of Douglas and Seneca across from QuikTrip.

The space is just over 700 square feet.

“I don’t want anything huge,” Vumai says.

“I want to keep classes small and intimate,” she says. “I want it to be very accessible and not intimidating.”

Vumai, who offers standard yoga for all levels, plans to reopen Aug. 2.

She says she named her business after the Hindu god Ganesh. Vumai says she especially likes his elephant symbolism.

“The elephant symbolism is very welcoming and nonintimidating.”

QuikTrip planning two more Gen 3 stores

WICHITA — Bel Aire is two blocks shy of getting its first gas station.

QuikTrip has filed a permit for a new store at 35th and Oliver. Bel Aire begins on the northeast corner of 37th and Oliver.

“We’d like to get a QuikTrip or something like that,” says City Manager Ty Lasher. “We’d take anything.”

He says it’s not like there aren’t convenience stores in the area, though.

“They’re all very close.”

Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for Tulsa-based QuikTrip, says the company has filed permits for the Oliver store and one near K-96 and North Ridge Road.

“We would like to go there, yes,” he says. “There’s still a ways to go where I’d have dates.”

When they do open, the stores will be Generation 3 stores, which is the chain’s latest prototype with kitchens and full-service counters for food and drinks.

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New west-side spa Fresh to offer medical-grade treatments

WICHITA — Jacqueline Benefiel says she’s built medical spas for physicians in the past, and now she’s going to build one for herself.

“I have always wanted to have my own facility,” Benefiel says. “Everything is going to be a little more personal.”

She’s opening Fresh near the QuikTrip at the northeast corner of 21st and Ridge.

“We’re going to be doing medical-grade type treatments for the skin,” Benefiel says, “… and then also kind of having a pampering side to it.”

She will offer massage, body treatments and nail care and also have a retail area to sell the products she uses.

“We have really unique pedicure chairs and things like that to make it a little more comfortable and relaxing.”

Benefiel says when she’s worked at other spas, some were more medical and austere and others were more spalike.

“I’ve always had the extreme to one side or the other,” she says.

Fresh “is just a really great mix of both. I think it’s what people are really looking for.”

Benefiel hopes to be open late April or early May – as long as she’s in business in time for Mother’s Day.

She had considered east-side space, but in hindsight Benefiel says she’s glad it didn’t work out.

“It turns out it makes more sense to be on the west side,” she says.

“There’s a lot of medical spas … on the east side.”

Benefiel says in addition to having fewer spas, the west side is where a lot of her clients already are.

“Although they were willing to travel,” she says, when they heard she’s going west, “they were just thrilled.”

Harry and Webb QuikTrip opens; 39th Street North and Ridge Road QuikTrip still planned

WICHITA — Wichita’s newest QuikTrip opened Thursday at the southeast corner of Harry and Webb.

Like the other new Generation 3 QuikTrips that have opened here, this one has auto diesel and ethanol-free gasoline, which the Tulsa-based chain calls EO.

In 2009, before the company starting building Gen 3 stores here, it announced plans to build a new QuikTrip near 39th Street North and Ridge Road. That hasn’t happened, and there’s still no construction date slated, but QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says it will still happen.

“The answer is yeah, we’ve always planned to have a store there,” he says in response to a reader’s question. “It’s a site we want to pursue.”

QuikTrip confirms new Gen 3 store at K-15 and 31st Street South

WICHITA — QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh now confirms what Have You Heard? reported in early October: The chain is opening a store at the southeast corner of K-15 and 31st Street South.

“It’s going to be another Generation 3 store,” Thornbrugh says. “We hope to begin construction in January 2014.”

He says that means the store should open around August.

The Tulsa-based chain’s first Gen 3 store in Wichita opened at 625 S. Hillside last year. A second opened recently at the southeast corner of Kellogg and Broadway. A third will open at the southeast corner of Harry and Webb this month, and another is planned at the northwest corner of Meridian and MacArthur for February.

The Gen 3s are proving so popular, Wichitans should expect to keep seeing more.

“We’re spoiling everybody because that’s the direction we’re going,” Thornbrugh says. “It’ll take us just a little bit of time, but we’re getting there.”

Not every store will be converted or rebuilt as a Gen 3, though. Thornbrugh says some locations are so good, the company doesn’t want to move the stores, and there’s not enough room to do Gen 3 conversions.

“We’ll make a lot of modifications that will get us real close to it,” he says. “We’re going to do as many as we possibly can.”

New QuikTrip may be coming to K-15 and 31st Street South

WICHITA — New QuikTrips seem to just keep coming.

According to an application with the city, it looks like one is coming to 2.24 acres at the southeast corner of K-15 and 31st Street South.

QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh isn’t talking yet.

“It’s just too premature for us to comment.”

QuikTrip has two more Gen 3 stores planned in addition to three others in the works

UPDATED — QuikTrip is working on a couple of new Generation 3 stores in addition to the ones the Tulsa-based chain has already announced in Wichita.

The next one to be done after ones already slated for Kellogg and Broadway, Meridian and MacArthur and Harry and Webb will be one at the northeast corner of 37th and Rock Road.

“Yes, we are going to be doing a relocation there,” says QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh.

Currently, there’s a QuikTrip on the southwest corner of the intersection.

“It will be a Generation 3 store,” Thornbrugh says of what QuikTrip plans for the new site. “Hopefully, construction will start sometime this year and open up spring of next year.”

The new stores are much larger than older models and have an average of 5,700 square feet along with more fresh food options.

The chain also plans to do its new prototype at the northwest corner of Central and Oliver to replace the existing QuikTrip, though that one won’t happen as quickly.

QuikTrip has plans to tear down three houses and one commercial property to have room to do the new store, but the houses need to be rezoned to limited commercial.

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Property owner Jeff Greenberg confirms state is considering leasing his building

WICHITA — Property owner and Wichita broker Jeff Greenberg confirms the state is considering leasing his 100,000-square-foot building near East 47th Street South and South Oliver, but he says the potential deal has nothing to do with a payback for supporting the governor or anyone else.

“It’s not political,” he says.

Since Have You Heard? reported that the state of Kansas has notified the city of Wichita that it’s leaving the Finney State Office Building downtown, Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita) has raised concerns that the search for new space might be politically motivated. He says he’s also worried that clients – particularly at the Department for Children and Families – won’t have easy access to services if the state moves.

Greenberg wants to address both of those points.

“The biggest thing … is allegations of political payback,” he says.

Greenberg says he’s registered as a Republican but only so he can vote in primaries.

“I’ve never been able to pigeonhole myself,” he says. “I’m not political. I’m not an activist.”

Greenberg says he hasn’t made a political contribution to Gov. Sam Brownback or anyone else in at least a decade or more.

He says a broker with J.P. Weigand & Sons brought him the possible deal.

“This was a natural,” Greenberg says of his space.

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Jill Landrith School of Dance to open in Delano

WICHITA — Longtime dance instructor Jill Landrith is reopening a dance studio, this time in Delano.

Wichita dancers know Landrith from Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center and from when she owned the Nancy Hervey School of Ballet from 2004 to 2009.

They also know her mother, June Landrith, who founded the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, taught here and then moved to Topeka and opened a ballet school. Jill Landrith says her mother had hoped she might take over her business.

“If she were in town, absolutely no question. I would have jumped happily into her place,” she says. “My official line to her is, ‘There really isn’t a QuikTrip in Topeka.’”

There is in Delano, though, where Landrith will open Jill Landrith School of Dance at 1600 W. Douglas across from the Wichita Fish Co.

Since losing her sublease at her former school, Landrith has been at Children’s Theatre.

“They’re absolutely wonderful,” she says. Landrith wants to work with students more as they progress through their training, though.

“I’d like to have more of a customized training plan for the dancers,” she says. “I find that nowadays dancers need to be so well rounded.”

She and other instructors will teach ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, lyrical dance and yoga.

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