Louie’s Coffee Dive replacement at Williams Ace Hardware is under consideration

WICHITA — Raymond Dondlinger is still contemplating what to do with the space that Louie’s Coffee Dive vacated at his family’s Williams Ace Hardware in Goddard.

The coffee shop lasted less than a year.

Dondlinger says he may take over the space or allow someone else to.

“I don’t have a direction as of yet,” he says. “I really do need to find something that fits that Goddard community the best.”

That could be a business such as a coffee shop, a flower shop or even a barber shop.

Dondlinger says he may find a use for it himself.

“I could see myself going further into the retail market somehow,” he says.

Dondlinger and Sons Construction to open Williams Ace Hardware stores in Goddard and Andover

WICHITA — The Dondlinger family may best be known for its construction company, but now it’s expanding its hardware store business, too.

Dondlinger and Sons Construction is opening two Williams Ace Hardware stores in coming months.

The first will have a March 30 grand opening, with a soft opening about a week before, in the former White’s Foodliner building in Goddard.

The family bought the former grocery at 199th and U.S. 54 in November. At the time, Raymond Dondlinger, who is in operations and business development for the construction and hardware companies, told Have You Heard? he wasn’t ready to share plans.

The Dondlingers also are working on a second store in the former Ace Hardware in Andover at 642 N. Andover Road. That store should open about a month after the one in Goddard.

This is in addition to the Williams Ace Hardware the Dondlingers bought at Central and Woodlawn in May.

The business was started by the family’s maternal grandfather, Jim Williams, in 1958 and most recently was owned by his namesake son.

“It’s still a family-owned business,” Raymond Dondlinger says. It’s one he says the family would like to grow.

“We saw … a need out in Goddard,” he says. “Being in Goddard, it will probably be … more agricultural based.”

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Dondlinger family is buying the former White’s Foodliner building in Goddard

WICHITA — The Dondlinger family is buying the former White’s Foodliner building in Goddard.

The grocery at 199th and U.S. 54 closed earlier this year.

The 22,000-square-foot building was auctioned Tuesday.

“We were the successful bidder,” says Raymond Dondlinger, who is in operations and business development at Dondlinger Construction.

There’s no contract yet, and Dondlinger isn’t disclosing the family’s bid.

He wants to wait until the deal closes before sharing plans for the space.

“I want to make sure everything’s finalized.”

White’s Foodliner had been in the space for 11 years.

In February, when Have You Heard? reported the store would be closing, owner Pat White said: “It’s just tough for independents in this market in this day and age to be there with the big boys moving in closer and closer.”

His four other Foodliners remain open.