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.”

Bud Gates announces three new Easygates franchises nationally

WICHITA — Three new Easygates lease-to-own franchises have opened nationally this month.

Bud Gates, who is chairman and CEO of the company, announced the new Easyhome stores for Roanoke, Va., Aurora, Ill., and Essex, Md.

“The owners of these franchises are experienced and successful business men,” Gates said in a release. “We are pleased to
partner with them. They will bring their commitment to customer service and overall business savvy to their stores, and
be a major plus to our U.S. franchise community, offering our unique services to even more customers in Virginia, Illinois and Maryland.”

This makes 44 Easyhome stores nationally. Gates is the master franchisor for Easyhome in 36 states. He operates some of the stores and franchisees have others.

Gates started Easygates in 2007. Previously, he was chairman and CEO at Rent-A-Center and THORN Americas.

Aaron’s takes its rent-to-own business from Wichita but plans to return one day

WICHITA — Atlanta-based Aaron’s has closed its three rent-to-own stores in Wichita.

“We elected to exit the market,” COO Ken Butler says. “Now, that doesn’t mean that we won’t come back.”

Butler says about this time every year, the company analyzes what leases are ending and what stores might be underperforming. That’s what happened here.

“It just means it was kind of pulling some weeds.”

Butler doesn’t blame the market.

“Nine times out of 10, it’s never the market. It’s the management.”

The former Aaron’s space on Pawnee is going to become a Rent-A-Center store.

Butler says Aaron’s will “rethink a strategy and come back later.”

“We will definitely come back. There’s just no question.”

Bedtime Mattress Outlet to open at Harry and Rock

UPDATED — Craig Peterson acknowledges that there are already some good mattress stores in Wichita, but that’s not stopping him from opening Bedtime Mattress Outlet later this month.

“I believe that there’s a need for it here,” he says of a mattress store that sells quality mattresses at discount prices.

“I’m just the alternative to what’s out there right now.”

Competitors such as Mattress Hub are “good companies, and they are selling great beds . . . but they are on a higher-end scale.”

Mark Barrientos of Mattress Hub takes exception to that.

“We have mattresses that start at $59 and go all the way up,” he says.

Peterson is a former Rent-A-Center district manager who most recently has been operating two discount mattress stores in Oklahoma City.

He wanted “to be able to bring that back to my hometown.”

His first store is set to open by Jan. 27 at the northwest corner of Harry and Rock.

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