Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America to move to new east-side headquarters

WICHITA — Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will have a new corporate headquarters by the end of the year, and it happens to be across the parking lot from where it is now.

“Their current building is literally due north from … the new building they’ve purchased,” says Stan Churchill, the nonprofit’s legal counsel.

Presbyterian Manors, which has 18 continuing care retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri, currently is in 8,600 square feet at 6525 E. Mainsgate, which is just off of Woodlawn and several blocks north of 21st Street.

Its new building at 2414 N. Woodlawn is 24,000 square feet, though Presbyterian Manors won’t take the entire space. A Marriott call center will remain in about 5,000 square feet.

Churchill says Presbyterian Manors’ new space will undergo renovation before its 35 employees move into the headquarters.

“We’re really totally redoing that area,” he says.

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West-side Realty World Alliance to move

UPDATED — Realty World Alliance continues to grow, so owner Greg Fox is moving his west-side office to accommodate that.

“Frankly, I’m nearly doubling my space, so it’s giving us a lot more room to grow,” Fox says.

Currently, Realty World has 3,700 square feet at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler. It’s moving to 6,800 square feet at 6617 W. Central, which is a former Blockbuster site across from Two Brothers BBQ.

“We decided that we would rather have a stand-alone building,” Fox says. “People seem to find you a lot easier.”

Fox and Troy Farha and Nathan Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal for the lease.

The move should happen in early March. Fox thinks he’ll initially need about 4,000 square feet of the 6,800 square feet, and the rest will be room to grow.

“My business everywhere is growing,” he says. “I’m a blessed man.”

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La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant to open in former La Mesa Mexican Restaurant space on the west side

WICHITA — It’s party time on the west side.

Brothers Jose and Juan Ayala and Jose’s wife, Griselda Hernandez, are opening La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant at 6960 W. 21st St. where La Mesa Mexican Restaurant closed in 2009.

“We are so excited to come to Wichita and put a new business here and meet the people,” Hernandez says.

The family also has La Fiesta locations in Bartlesville and Dewey, Okla., Arkansas City and Wellington.

They plan to open their first Wichita site Nov. 5 and already are looking all over Wichita — the north, east and south sides — and in Derby for more sites.

Jose Ayala says fajitas are his specialty. He’ll also offer rib eyes with traditional Mexican fare and a full bar.

“It’s a huge menu,” Hernandez says.

There’s more than 6,000 square feet in the former La Mesa space.

Cory Harkleroad of KW Commercial and Juan-Carlos Salmeron of Realty World Alliance handled the deal.

Salmeron is impressed with Jose Ayala.

“He’s going to make it — no doubt,” Salmeron says. “I have confidence with them.

“They are going to conquer Wichita.”

Realty World Alliance expands on east, west sides

WICHITA — Greg Fox’s Realty World Alliance is expanding on the east and west sides.

“We’ve had a pretty good year, and we keep growing,” Fox says. “I like the steady pace we’re growing.”

Fox is moving his east-side office from Tallgrass Office Park on East 22nd Street to 6100 E. Central near Central and Woodlawn.

“We’re clear on the north end of the parking lot,” he says of Tallgrass. “It just doesn’t have the street presence.”

He backs up to a golf course.

“It’s gorgeous, and I love it,” Fox says. “But it’s difficult for clients to find because they really have to wind around in there.”

His new space will be 5,000 square feet, which is bigger than his current 3,300 square feet.

Fox also is expanding on the west side at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler, where he moved in late 2008.

“We really filled up the office space,” Fox says of the 2,900 square feet he has there.

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U.S. Census Bureau preparing to move into Northwest Centre for 2010 census counting

WICHITA — With the 2010 census just around the corner, the U.S. Census Bureau is leasing space at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler in preparation to start counting Wichitans.

“They’re taking about 6,500 square feet of the former J.P. Weigand west residential office space,” says Brady Miller, who handled the deal for Occidental Management.

“That space has all been completely re-leased now,” he says.

Greg Fox of Realty World Alliance took the rest of the space.

The Census Bureau will move in sometime in August.

“We’re excited to have them there,” Miller says. “They’re going to have about 50 employees, which we think is going to be great for the center.”