Coleman Co. has sale at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Coleman Co. is temporarily locating at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn for pre-Thanksgiving shopping, and there’s a chance that could extend into December.

The company is having a surplus inventory sale in the 55,000-square-foot former Hobby Lobby space.

“It’s pretty much every category that Coleman covers,” spokesman Alex Stern says of what’s on sale.

That includes coolers, grills, furniture, recreation equipment and cots.

“Pretty much the sky’s the limit on that front,” Stern says.

“It’s a win-win situation because it allows Brittany Center to still have a large anchor through the … holiday season,” says Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the deal.

Though the lease is only temporary, Harper says it’s still good to have now that Hobby Lobby has moved to the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich.

The sale isn’t scheduled to last past Nov. 27, but Stern says the lease actually goes into December.

“There’s always the possibility we might extend the event.”

Lobby space available at Brittany Center

WICHITA — Now that Hobby Lobby has moved into its new space at the Regency Lakes shopping center at 21st and Greenwich, there’s a renewed push to find a tenant to take its former space.

Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate has taken over trying to lease the 55,000-square-foot space that Hobby Lobby occupied at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

“The ownership seems to be pretty open-minded to different scenarios there,” Harper says.

There’s some extra space adjacent to the building, which means the center could accommodate a tenant needing up to 75,000 square feet.

“The good news is there’s not really too many of those spaces left any longer,” Harper says of Wichita in general.

That compares to a few years ago when “there was quite a bit of availability in that size range.”

Harper says the owners are willing to divide the space as well. That includes making the north end of the building, which currently is all brick, into a storefront that faces 21st Street. He says there’s room for several smaller shops there.

“That’s even something they’re open to.”

Echo Hills developer Mike Loveland tells Park City chamber he’ll have “something of significance” to announce soon

WICHITA — Mike Loveland is quiet to the point of silent about his deals, and it wasn’t much different Wednesday when he agreed to speak to the Park City Chamber of Commerce about his Echo Hills project.

“You said a whole bunch of stuff without saying anything,” one attendee said to Loveland on his way out the door.

Loveland did share one little-known detail about the 80-acre project northwest of Interstate 135 and 53rd Street North in Park City.

“I was looking for a site for a nighttime golf course,” he said of how he first started looking at the land around 2000.

He said it then occurred to him what an incredible retail site it would make. Loveland says it took a while, but he closed on the land in 2010, which he says wasn’t a great time to start attracting interest.

“I wish I could have made it go faster,” he said.

“In ’12 they started talking again,” he said of potential retail tenants.

Loveland said he’d been close to a big deal for an anchor tenant.

“I‘m not saying who it was,” he said. But he added that “Cabela’s beat ’em to the punch” when it announced it would open at Regency Lakes in Wichita.

Loveland said he’s now close on another possible anchor tenant, which he thinks he has an almost 90 percent chance of landing, along with another one that he thinks is a 50-50 chance.

“Those anchors have such an effect,” he said of attracting smaller tenants.

He expects to announce “something of significance” within a month.

“We’re really close. I wish I could tell you who they are.”

Loveland said attracting major retailers to that area is a battle similar to what Derby once faced.

“You had to beg people to come down to Derby, Kansas,” he said.

That, of course, changed in a big way with retailers such as Lowe’s, Target and Kohl’s opening there.

“That’s what I’m in hopes of here in Echo Hills,” Loveland said.

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Hobby Lobby to open in Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich

WICHITA — Another major building is under construction at Regency Lakes next to where Cabela’s opened last year.

According to documents filed with the city, Hobby Lobby is building a new 55,000-square-foot store.

Regency Lakes, a Laham Development property at the northwest corner of 21st and Greenwich, is home to SuperTarget, World Market and Hampton Inn & Suites among other things.

Hobby Lobby will go between World Market and Cabela’s, which opened in an 80,000-square-foot space in March 2012.

It looks like the Hobby Lobby currently on the east side at 21st and Woodlawn in Brittany Center will be closing when the new one opens.

There’s also one on the west side in the center at the southwest corner of Central and Ridge.

Building plans for the Regency Lakes Hobby Lobby indicate the store will be based on a new prototype for the craft chain.

Brad Saville with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

There are still a few pad sites left at the 60-acre development. That includes one on the corner, one between Subway and Chili’s and one north of Chili’s.

No one involved is talking just yet, but Hobby Lobby is slated to open yet this year, so look for more details soon.

Marshalls may be narrowing its list of possible east-side sites for second store

WICHITA — It was late 2011 when Have You Heard? broke the news that Marshalls most likely would be coming to Wichita.

Since then, the Massachusetts-based discount retailer opened a Marshalls in the former Borders Books space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

A deal to open in Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich didn’t work out, but local T.J. Maxx employees are telling customers that Marshalls is still looking on the east side and has narrowed its decision to two or three sites.

Parent company TJX Cos. owns Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and in the Westgate Market shopping center at Kellogg and Dugan.

It looked like TJX at one point also considered opening its HomeGoods concept in Wichita, but that no longer seems like an imminent possibility. At least not as much as an east-side Marshalls.

No one at TJX is sharing details on possible Marshalls sites yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Laham Development starts new development; LongHorn Steakhouse is first tenant

WICHITA — Construction has begun at Laham Development’s latest development, which is on almost six acres at the northwest corner of Kellogg and Towne East Mall Drive.

LongHorn Steakhouse is the first tenant to sign a lease there. The chain already has a Wichita site on the west side near 21st and Maize Road.

Its east-side restaurant will be 6,200 square feet, which will allow for more than 240 diners, and will open in September.

On property next to Laham’s, Old Chicago is already in business, and further east BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is under construction.

Other deals are in the works for the new development, says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development, which also has Bradley Fair, Regency Lakes and Plazzio among other developments.

“We have had interest from several different groups for different types of businesses,” Erickson says. “We’re evaluating all our options.”

That could be more restaurants, retail or even a hotel.

“We hope to have announcements on some of the other parcels later this summer.”

You don’t say

“If a camo bathing suit is on your list, you can find it there.”

Cathy Erickson of Laham Development, one of the developers of Cabela’s, which is opening Wednesday at Laham’s Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich

Marshalls may open in east, west Wichita

UPDATED — With any luck, by this time next year, shoppers in east and west Wichita will have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.

It looks like the Massachusetts-based retailer is working on two possible deals here.

Parent company TJX Cos. owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and in the Westgate shopping center at Kellogg and Dugan.

Marshalls is similar to T.J. Maxx. Marshalls is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices — “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline — though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.

No one with TJX returned calls for comment, and no one else involved in the deals is talking.

Sources, though, say here’s what’s in the works:

On the west side, Marshalls is considering locating at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize. The former Borders Books space is the likely new home.

On the east side, the retailer is negotiating at Regency Lakes at 21st and Greenwich.

There’s about 50,000 square feet between World Market and where the new Cabela’s is going to open in 2012.

One retailer could take the entire space or it could be divided.

There’s also a pad site available in front of Cabela’s.

Landmark Commercial Real Estate is marketing the project.

It looked like TJX’s HomeGoods concept was briefly considered for Regency Lakes, but it sounds like that’s now off the table.

This isn’t the first time Marshalls has appeared close to a deal here, so there’s still a chance it may not happen.

We’ll let you know.

Bradley Fair and Fresh Market confirm the grocery store is coming in 2012

UPDATED — Bradley Fair developer George Laham now confirms what Have You Heard? reported last month:

The Fresh Market grocery chain is coming to the former Ultimate Electronics space in 2012.

“The shopping center is just a perfect fit for our concept,” says Drewry Sackett, Fresh Market’s manager of public relations and community relations.

Laham, president of Laham Development, began looking for a specialty grocery store to bring to Wichita even before Ultimate Electronics closed.

In recent years, Wichitans have been hoping for a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

“After looking at the Fresh Market, this was the clear choice,” Laham says.

“The only reason they’re not saying, ‘We want Fresh Market,’ is because they don’t know it,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based chain has about 110 stores either open or opening soon, and this one will be the farthest west.

Sackett calls Wichita “a really solid Midwestern market that supports our growth into that region of the country.”

The chain is heavily concentrated in the southeast, which Laham says is why most Wichitans aren’t familiar with it.

Laham says as he began looking for a specialty grocery store, he looked throughout the industry before choosing Fresh Market.

“They are clearly a market leader,” he says.

Sackett says, “Our stores are a little bit different, certainly, than a traditional grocery store.”

She says the store is a warmer, more intimate atmosphere with classical music playing, freshly brewed coffee awaiting customers and floral arrangements greeting them at the door.

“You can see across the entire store, and that really sort of lends to that feeling of a more intimate setting,” Sackett says.

“It’s very much a European market,” Laham says. “It’s like being in Italy at an open-air market.”

The 22,000-square-foot space will be fairly compact to navigate.

“That’s kind of the beauty of it,” Erickson says.

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Gander Mountain to remodel and add Gander Mountain Academy

WICHITA — Gander Mountain is ready to remodel and add a Gander Mountain Academy to its WaterWalk store downtown.

“Gander Mountain Academy is the ultimate experience in firearms training,” says director Chris Juelich, using the academy’s tagline.

Have You Heard? first reported the academy was a possibility in February.

“The goal is to be done right around the first couple of weeks of November,” Juelich says.

“It’ll be the sixth one of its kind in the United States.”

That’s out of 116 stores the Minnesota-based company has in 23 states.

Part of the reason the Wichita store was chosen is because the company wants to space the academies out around the country.

The WaterWalk Gander Mountain’s success is another reason.

“It’s one of our top performers,” Juelich says.

The academy will have a combination of classroom training simulators, virtual ranges and a live range.

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